This is Buford The Bull. He is made of cottonwood. The black spots are painted with water based, non-toxic paint. He is then coated with shellac. The rocker assembly is stained with Minwax Polyshades Pecan. If you'd like to build one of these yourself, head on over to woodcraftplans.com and check out some of the plans you can order from there. I have ordered a lot of plans from there and have never been disappointed.