The handle is Catâ€™s Paw burl Maple, so called for its seemingly randomly placed clusters of burl eyes resembling the paw prints of a cat. The hoop is a very hard wood called Wenge. Both colors are natural. As always, the net was finished with a very nice hand rubbed oil composition. He also wanted a stretch lanyard and a magnetic catch which I happily provided to him as well. Please visit www.sierra-nets.com for more on ordering a custom fishing net.