This bowl is one of a series that I turned from the wood of a big beech tree that fell in a storm. I left the branches in the woods, covered with dead leaves, until fungus had created some spectacular spalting. Spalted timber has zones of colour and meandering black lines, giving a very striking appearance. The bowl has a natural rim, formed from the natural surface of the branch, but did not keep the bark. There was a fissure in the wood that opened as the wood dried. I filled the fissure with crushed alabaster inlay.