I was given this wood at a club meeting in Oregon. I don’t recall whether it was at Cascade Woodturners or Willamette Valley Woodturners. It is ugly but has some burl potential. I don’t know what species of wood it is.
At 11 inches in diameter, 4 inches tall and finished with walnut oil, it has turned out very nice despite worm holes, drying checks, spalting, rot, and a general bad smell.
It’s surprising how ugly a blank can be and still have such beauty inside awaiting an opportunity to emerge.
This one will be hard to beat.