I ordered this as a Christmas gift. I was really excited because a friend of mine ordered one and it was beautiful. When I received mine it was full of imperfections. I know that it says that these are natural pieces of wood and to expect some of that but I feel like this is excessive, especially for the price it is. The knot looks like it could fall out at any time and would leave a hole. I wasted 72$ (on sale) because I think it just looks too bad to give as a gift. Just really disappointed!