I love this gourd! It's quite a bit larger than it appears in the photo, but it fits very nicely into my hand. It's quite easy to cure and the spoon bombilla that comes with it is a big improvement over the one I was using before. This has become my daily drinker ever since it arrived. I also noticed that when I used the stainless steel gourd that I had been using before, something was missing, the flavor from the wood in this mate. I don't know what kind of wood it is, but it definitely makes a difference. If something happened to it I would buy another in a heart beat.