This 6" high vase was turned from a burl I acquired through, oh how shall I put this . . . let's say shady circumstances. I know, it followed me home, yes, that's it. Anyway, I am not sure of the type of wood but the grain pattern is simply beautiful. Although the base and top are both about 3 3/4 " wide, the sides taper in a bit just above the bottom, then bulge out a little ways up before tapering back in at the top. Imbedded in the spectacular grain are a few knots that go through the thin walls. This piece is bottom heavy and sits quite securely. The finish does have a gloss to it, but is not overwhelming. Also, the top became a little out-of-round as it dried, adding to it's character. This has become one of my favorite pieces and I considered not putting it up for sale, I still may change my mind.