This item has some exceptional character to it, specifically, how the grain of the wood kind of glows across the surface of the rolling pin. As you may know, products from Vermont are probably some of the most iconic to anyone looking for that special hand made item from Vermont. Curly Maple, like Birdseye and Tiger Maple, is one the most amazing maple wood species available from Vermont. This piece has been hand selected specifically with the Curly grain in order to truly display the elegance of this item. The pyrography "Vermont" has been hand burned, and the rolling pin then hand sanded to a very smooth finish and then sealed using a food grade mineral oil blend. When the oil has dried to the touch, it is hand rubbed with a single application of Wayne's Wood Originals own "Wood Vigor".