I attended the So Cal Turner's Expo in Orange County, CA, in July. The Expo was a disappointment (focus was really pen turning), but I loved the tables of "found" wood laid out by OriginalFrisby (frisbystuff.com). He has collected driftwood, and other found wood, along the west coast for years and is now selling some of it. I bought 2 pieces of drift wood from him. This is the 2nd piece. I post the 1st one about a week ago. You can see the piece as I bought it in the last photo. I have no idea what the wood species is. It may be manzanita from a burn area in the Sierra's that washed out to sea. I wanted to preserve as much of the ocean-worn character as possible, so I found an orientation that let it sit as stable as possible, then hollowed out the top to display the interior. I applied finish only to the turned portion and left the rest unfinished.