We recently ordered this bench and are thrilled with it. It is exactly as it looks. The wood and workmanship is very high quality. The photo is a great representation of how it really looks. The wood is definitely oak and the etching in it just makes it so rich! Also it was wrapped in layers and layers of bubble wrap on the outside also. We were worried because was raining the day it was delivered, but no problem. We love it and would highly recommend it!