Wood gives many different sensory experiences. It has grain, and is sometimes lighter or darker. It is hard or soft, rough or smooth and smells nice. It sounds different, is heavy and feels good in our hands with its warmth and distinct surface. The Bead Grasper is made from European-sourced maple wood and finished with a non-toxic water-based stain. This is a wonderful piece for meditative handling by adults or grasping by young children.