This salvaged Redwood comes in two shades. The darker has aged for perhaps several hundred years in a log on the forest floor. The lighter is more of the traditional color, aged for approximately 50-100 years in a standing snag. Blanks have been surfaced on two sides and wax sealed on the ends. Blanks were cut from the snag in February 2021 and contain residual moisture which dries fairly quickly in this species. Since this Redwood is from old growth stock and has tight growth rings, it has great workability as well as fantastic mineral coloring! The wood cuts easily, turns well, and glues well. The dark spots in photos are small areas with rot (pecky). We know you will enjoy working this Pacific Northwest gem. This bowl blank has checking on the edge.