This is a turned Cryptomeria bowl that has been burned on the outside to accentuate the grain and then leaving the inside it's natural color. It is placed on a pedestal to give it height. There is a picture of both the outside and inside. There are some cracks in the side which is part of the process and character of this piece. It is finished with wipe on varnish that is buffed and then waxed. I can be used for dry items and wiped down from time to time with pledge furniture polish.