I was expecting solid wood, as advertised. There's a scratchy cloth covering around the middle, no indication on the packaging what it's made of. Would have been better as all wood.
This rain stick is everything I was looking for. It has a nice weight and height to it, and the sound is soft, consistent and slow. Perfect for early morning or before nap/bedtime play. Very relaxing. I was worried that the lightly covered fabric on the outside would again or discolor, but after more than a year of play it looks brand new