USES: Tiered Waterfall, Air-Plant Habitat, Furniture Woodworking, Landscape/ Waterscape Decoration, Animal Habitat, Taxidermy Mount, Art & Craft Project TYPE OF WOOD and REASON FOR SHAPE The wood is referred to as sapwood, lighter pine, heart wood, fat wood and other slang names to identify the dense degree of rosin or sap which has been age-cured. This creates a high density and heavy weight. It also has a high degree of rot-resistance (even from moisture) and bug resistant / protection properties. The tree was once a pine tree and the specific variety is unknown except for the fact that it grew in Florida. Most likely, the Southern longleaf pine (Pinus palustris), which historically was highly valued for its high pitch production. The reason for the strange spiral-like curvature is most likely due from a lightning strike. Normally, the sap wood develops from the inner portion of the tree that was laden with the most sap. In this very unusual case, the intensity of the sap was concentrated in the outer portion as does happen with a lightning strike. Lightning will also twist around the tree, as seen here with some spiral effects. *For Clarification, the term driftwood is not actually correct but only used here as a generic identifier/modifier for the shaping of wood into a decorative artform by naturally occurring actions. PRICING & SHIPPING If you look at comparables, these are quite unique. They can be classified as large or extra large driftwood pieces, which have a limited supply. Price includes not only the wood, but the work put into it – the cleaning, marketing, unusual shipping requirements, etc. The values of crate, packing materials, handling & postage are supplemented by the item's price and are not refundable due to non-reusability damage. Size: 10x10x90, managing to avoid oversize $$ freight fees. Weight- 36lb.6oz. driftwood, about 33 #10oz. crate & padding, total shipping weight is 70 lbs. Wood Re-inforced Crate measures 11x11x90.