This wooden cone is 26 cm tall. It’s made of spalted sycamore. The spalting runs the full height of the piece. It often seems that the more difficult the timber, the more highly figured and decorative it will turn out to be when finished. This is a good example. The timber was extensively attacked by insects, and heavily spalted almost to the point of breaking down. Most of it was too far gone to use, but this bit turned out very well. Before making pieces like this I subject the wood to heat treatment to make sure the attack doesn’t continue. The piece is now completely stable.