Babinga wood is like trying to cut through stone. It took me 2 solid days to complete this bowl. It’s beautiful though! I worked from a kiln-dried square blank (6” x 3”), eventually sanding it to 600grit and finishing it with EEE wax. By the time I finished sanding it, it was so shiny and smooth that it almost looked finished even without wax. This is a terrific wood but also quite challenging to work with — so much time sanding and regrinding/sharpening tools.