I completed my first bowl on the lathe today. I think it came out very nice! I wish I knew what the light wood is... it was in the budget section of the wood working store without a label. It has some nice figure and grain. It also has some cracks that had me worried it would break up while I was working it. But it held together to make a very nice first bowl project for me. The darker wood is some cherry wood I had from other projects. I like the contrast in this bowl.