We left this piece of Cherry with the rough hewn edges the lumber mill gave it. This is a great piece that perfect sums up what Rustic Wares is all about. A little bit rustic with some elegance thrown in to fit into any kitchen and decor in the world. A really big board at over 19" long this is the one to do it all. I didn't want to slice this piece up once we saw it - we knew it should be left as is, and so I did.