This is a Box Elder bowl that has a red curtain that rolls down both the inside and outside of this bowl. This is a natural occurrence that is the result of a bug that gets into the tree and the interaction of the bug and the sap of the tree produces this color. It is finished with a wipe on varnish which is then buffed and then waxed. You can put dry things in the bowl but nothing wet. Also it needs to be kept out of sun light. You can wipe it periodically with a high quality furniture polish.