As another reviewer said, this bench looks as if it's made of teak or something similarly rich and sturdy. I agree. It's really nice. It's very smooth and well built. The legs seem to be joined to the seat with actual craftsmanship. My only beef about it is that part of its "relcaimed" nature seems to be a couple of wood blocks put into the bench (and finished smooth) but there appear to have been a couple of knots that were filled in with small wood blocks. It's not a big deal, I can't even see it unless I look at it closely and it *kind of* adds to the character of it but I guess I would have preferred one without the extra bits of wood block. :) There are already four small wood blocks on the top where the legs are joined with the seat, so it's not a big deal. It's just a nitpicky thing. It's still a lovely bench. It sits in a sort of all-purpose room that combines library with laundry and toys--weird I know. But it's a great place to toss a sweater onto, sit on to select a book or even use as extra seating for dinner. A great multipurpose piece of furniture. I would definitely buy this again and maybe even get another one or two more for other parts of the house that could use something so versatile. Also I returned one thing and Overstock gave a prompt and courteous refund.