The Wide Mouth leather wrapped gourd is a good value for all the work it takes to achieve this style. Nice and sturdy and I especially like the wide mouth. I did apply a quality leather care treatment to it to protect it from water and the possible mate' over spill. Not being keen on aluminum, I'd like to get one of these with a nickle silver rim. Of course that would make the cost go up! Don't forget to cure this gourd before use!