Okay, let's reduce this puppy. I usually reduce it to 3/4" to 1" at this point.
Once it's reduced, cut off the distorted ends and cut your cane into four equal pieces. Make sure each piece swirls the same way and then rotate them until they look like the pic below:
Push the cane pieces together and reduce again. Cut into four equal pieces.
Orient the canes all the same way and push together.
At this point you can leave it as is, or reduce and recombine one more time. It just depends on what is pleasing to you. I've been guilty of taking it too far and recombining the pattern out of existence.
Here's a couple of things I've done in the past. The first one is taken to the point in this post. The second one was recombined one (maybe two) more time. How many times you cut and recombine can make a big difference.
Next up: Three colors!