There is a rough area at the bottom and back of the tail, which is barely visible when hanging. The front surface of the piece is smooth with a high gloss finish; the back is unfinished, matte and smooth with saw marks.
The wood has cracks that are natural and stable - they are not separating and are not considered flaws or detrimental to this piece. We believe this piece is better in hand than we were able to photograph. The appear more balanced than the photos convey and the knots and figures of this wood are very appealing if you like this kind of wood.This piece is heavy (over 2 lbs), solid, sturdy and stable. Natural Variations to the Wood Including Natural Cracks. Wood is Stable, Solid and Heavy. Measurements - 12" x 6.5" x 3. I try to assess accurately... If you are unsure, please ask questions. And please inspect the photos.