This is a large stump of White Oak, harvested responsibly from the surrounding forests in Pittston, Maine. As as experiment, it was hollowed out, and is being charred to possibly use as a custom barrel for a limited edition blend.
White Oak is the wood of choice for aging alcoholic products of many kinds (especially whiskey), and is the ONLY kind of wood used to age Chadwick's Craft Spirits. As opposed to Red Oak, which soaks up liquid like a sponge, White Oak is virtually impervious to moisture. White Oak trees grow up to 100 feet tall, but can also take 300 years to reach such heights. Thus, more and more, the wood is becoming a highly-prized commodity.