Elm is a timber not often seen these days. Most trees in England were killed by Dutch elm disease in the last century. This bowl came from a tree that was recently growing on allotment land in Finchley, not far from my studio. It died naturally, and fungus invaded the log, creating the colours and intricately wandering black lines of spalting. It would make a fine fruit bowl, but could also be used for salad or other food.