So this was my first attempt at carving a wooden chillum after I tried to carve a wooden pipe a while back and it ended misserably. I found the PERFECT wood in the forest behind my house. It is strong enough to not break easily, light weight, doesn't burn easily, and is easy to carve. I'm not sure what wood it is, but it is awsome! I got into a couple snags and there are a few minor cracks on the chillum and an accidental "popper" on the bottom. Neither effect the performance, but you have to make sure your thumb or other finger is covering the accidental hole at the bottom. I put a metal screen in and burnt the bowl cause I thought it would look cool. It tokes really really well and can hold quite a bit. The bowl part of it curves sligthly upward (on purpose) so you don't haev to tilt the chillum up so much. Overall I am quite pleased with myself.