This is the 1st bowl i ever turned. I bought a “practice blank” from my local wood working store in Reno Nevada. The buy them from a company in Oregon. This company (forgot name) uses big leaf maple to create highly figured blanks. They cut off the “non-figured” parts and turn them in to practice blanks. They all have a little bit of nice figure though. They come in all different sizes but none bigger than 8” square and 6” thick. The one I bought was 6”x6”x3” thick. It was $8. They have thinner ones for $5. The most highest priced one was around $15. Really good deal. I bought 3. This is the 1st one. Again it is big leaf maple, and was nice to turn. After sanding, I gave it an oil finish, and hit it with a thin coat of salad bowl finish (bees wax and oil). I can’t wait to get the others on the lathe. It’ll be fun. Thanks for looking.