The wood selection for his Spalted Birch bowl was made specifically in order to achieve the visible wood grain and shape of the bowl. It would make a great salad bowl or even an incredible conversation piece to serve snacks to family and friends. And, it is Made in Vermont. Once the bowl was turned on the lathe, it was hand sanded to a very smooth finish. Multiple applications of Quality, hard Tung oil was applied with sanding between coats, resulting in a beautiful high gloss finish.