The bowl is very sturdy and thick. The only critique is that the bowl is shallow. It needs to be a little deeper to be more effective.
I bought this for my wife who told me that her mother used to use one to grind spices and she has been pounding them with a hammer. It was one of the few kitchen things she didn't have so it was a valentines day surprise. She loves it! Now I need to figure out what kind of oil to use to keep it oiled, looking good and not drying out. Most oils I've seen are toxic so can't be used inside the bowl.
I was a bit disappointed with this item because it wasn�t quite as dark as I expected it to be. The overall quality of this item is good though!
My mom absolutely loves it. Quality materials, fantastic design, very sturdy. Great buy altogether.
I use this to crush garlic and love the look. Looks very expensive and works well.