For starters, I didn't make this and don't really feel the guy did a great job with his design or joints. Now that that is over, I wanted to share this table I saw for sale today and explain why it is special. Taiwanese logging is completely outlawed (and I do mean everything) due to the Japanese over harvesting Hinoki, yew and incense cedar trees during their occupation of the island. They forced local aboriginal groups to harvest some pretty incredibly large old growth trees high in the mountains and then build rail lines to haul the trees out. The wood is second to none for building purposes and was highly commodified by the Japanese and later of course the Taiwanese government. Needless to say, you won't be finding any freshly cut slabs of Hinoki. What you will find are old house beams from the Japanese era when they colonialized the East Coast of the Island (where I live). So, many of the old houses that are getting torn down now for more modern concrete monstrosities are all Hinoki or Incense Cedar. Since the wood that was used was coming from trees that were typically well over a thousand years old, most of the beams have those black veins present of wood that got infected in older trees and subsequently rotted away around good wood. The cool thing about these beams is you can send them through a planner just one or two times and suddenly you have amazing smelling and looking wood with very little effort. I thought you guys might like to see it. I guess it is similar to pecky cypress you'd have in America. Bet Hinoki smells a lot better though. Like freshly squeezed oranges. If you want any more info, let me know and I can send you some. Enjoy.