We have picked up some lovely hardwood dishes! The larger dishes are beech, or poplar and the smaller ones are a variety of hardwoods. some are unfinished and others we have finished with Tung Oil. The style of these dishes, called boardwalk, minimizes the area that touches the soap, allowing it to dry faster and last longer. The hardwood will last a long time with some care. And they look lovely in your bathroom!
The best way to lengthen the life of your dish is to have 2, and every couple weeks, or when you clean, switch them out and allow the dish to thoroughly dry.