This is the most beautifully-figured piece of Bradford Pear I have EVER seen! The figure is so outstanding, it looks like you can reach out and feel ridges in the wood, BUT, the surface is perfectly SMOOTH!! The color and grain on this piece also make it a one-of-a-kind. Lots of hand-sanding and food-safe finish give this bowl a silky feel. Would make a wonderful and unique gift to a special friend.