This serving tray is made from a beautiful piece of figured white ash white ash (Fraxinus americana), one of North America's most durable, and attractive hardwoods. This particular piece of wood has considerably more figure and chatoyance (3-dimensions appearance) than most. This tray is meant to be used. The broad flat bottom ensures that it is will be stable on any flat surface while the upturned rim provides an comfortable and convient finger hold to make it easy to grasp, even when fully loaded. The bottom itself is dished out slightly to ensure that the platter sits on the outer rim and won't rock or spin when set on a table, and several concentric rings prove that the bottom was turned and finished with as much care as the rest of the piece. Finished with several coats of Tung oil to bring out the figure, the appearance of this tray will only get better with time. This is perfect tray for serving snacks at your next party or beverages on the patio.