This cheese cutter is made from Spalted Wormy Oak. Spalted Oak is not a specific species of wood, but rather a general description of any type of wood that has been allowed to begin initial stages of decay, and then subsequently dried (preventing further decay). Spalting is a unique wood coloration caused by fungi. Although primarily found in dead trees, spalting can also occur in living trees under stress or even in thriving trees. The worm holes are caused by oak timber worms. These worms cause most worm hole damage seen in red and white oak. The kiln drying process kills any infestation. In any case, I have filled the holes and other inclusions with black epoxy. The cutter measures 6” by 9” by 7/8” and rubber feet are included. Multiple coats of hand rubbed oil based finish have been applied and over-coats of wipe-on varnish have been added for durability. The finish is completely food safe. If cleaning is required, hand wash with mild detergent, rinse and dry. This cheese cutter is shown with a black arm and handle. A chrome arm and handle is available as an option. You can see examples of this option on some of my other listings. If you prefer the chrome arm and handle, just leave me a note on the order.