This spherical box is turned from hop hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana), one of North America's hardest and most durable woods. This particular piece features some lighter sapwood that contrasts nicely with the dark heart wood and provides additional visual interest. The spherical box sits on delicate base made from black cherry (Prunus serotina). The box itself features a loose friction fit - which means it stay together when handled but can be separated without too much difficult, The seam between the two halves is decorated with a subtle groove that does not detract from the almost perfect grain match. This spherical box was turned by hand, without the aid of any mechanical jigs and features an average wall thickens of about 4 mm providing an exceptionally light feel to the box when handled. A linseed-based oil finish enhances the natural depth and shimmer of the wood, and has been buffed to a pleasant shine, but still gives it a natural wood feeling. Like all wooden balls, this spherical box is almost mesmerizing to hold and handle. The base has been turned and textured on both the top surface and its underside, providing a little extra surprise and interest when the box is picked up. The perfect place to keep you most precious heirlooms, or as a conversation starter in your office.