This Black cottonwood turning blank has good colors and may have interesting patterns. These blanks are freshly cut; twice turning is recommended. Some pieces may have developed a bit of mildew on the outside 1/4" (the wood is trying to spalt). There are a few options for dealing with this. You can purchase the piece as is, with full dimensions, or for no additional cost, we can surface on 4 sides so that it doesn't have any mildew. Doing this will make the piece 1/2 inch smaller in each dimension. EXAMPLE ONLY: Resurfacing a 12 x 8 x 8 blank would yield final dimensions of 7.5 x 7.5 x 11.5. When you place the order, please leave instructions in the comment section of the order and we'll be happy to help!