This shows some of the detail of the top. The entire WBC hive is made from 100% cypress. I do not intend to paint any of it. The top metal is made from used aluminum plates from a local newspaper press (cost about $4 per dozen plates). Here in the southern USA states, cypress can be found at small sawmills and sells for about $80/1000 board feet air dried and dressed. Cypress is a soft wood like pine, so it cuts similarly to pine.