Our woods are always salvaged and reclaimed. Most of our wood may have been a living tree 1000 years ago. This blank is not dry. Give it about 2 to 3 months to dry.Work it use it but no finish for a few months'. We carry many beautiful exotic grains including curly, lace burl and more. This item is made of spalted myrtle burl and curly redwood, lace burl redwood.