I ended up not using that piece, for weight reasons.I ended up inlaying 1/16 square brass rod. turned the layer in to pick up ring. Thanks to waldo's great advice. I've built several tiger/rosebud's but i had never done the brass work.kind of intimidating . BTW the tailpieces are $120.00 w/ THE abalone coy fish,$110.00 for Mother of pearl. $ 100.00 no inlay or you can add yourself. Although there are not many good pics of the tail piece after much study I was able to ascertain that those pockets contain little engraved coy fish.