This is the final project from sunny Arizona, I will be returning home to Indiana and start new projects when I get there. This project was made from a piece of what is believed to be basswood. The story about this piece is interesting. Last summer we had a tree blown over onto a 1997 Ford Explorer. The damage to the explorer was the windshield and a small dent in the hood. We were fortunate that it did not do more damage. I salvaged a piece of the wood and sealed the ends to avoid cracking. I began turning this piece and found that it still had numerous cracks but I went ahead and finished the project and repaired the cracks as I went. This is a vert white light wood other than several areas of nice wood grain. The project was finished with EEE and shellawax and I may eventually cover it with a Gloss spray. My wife wants me to mount it on the dash board of the explorer for memories. EDITED 3-19-12, Thanks to everyone for the comments on this bowl. I thought it was basswood, but thanks to a comment I have realized that it is COTTONWOOD!!!. Thank you for the information, LBJ is great and there are some real intelligent people. I am terrible identifying wood?