Mother nature has designed many unique trees for us to use when making your custom switch plates. We collect reclaimed trees from the local forests for many of our plates. Because we try to maintain the character of those pieces there will surely be some variation in the surface of the wood. We have glued any place that may be weakened and placed a metal plate on the finished piece to insure strength and stability. Some of those unique character components are saw marks, dents, aged cracks, burn marks, worm holes, knots and bark variation. All of these items are hand made so please allow a maximum of 10 days for production.