This beautiful piece of wood was sourced from a beech tree on the ridgeway in Goring at the nature reserve Pete manages. Due to a fork in the tree developing decay it had been cause for concern and needed to be cut down. The crowns from both side of the fork were felled leaving a decent sized pole of deadwood to benefit the habitat. When beech wood, in particular, is left on the ground to season out in the elements it naturally starts to develop obvious mycological activity, the intricate line patterns seen covering the form are the result of competing fungal hyphae coursing through the timber and laying down boundaries to defend the territory they occupy. Xylaria Polymorpha and Trametes Versicolor are active within this timber and as they consume the nutrients they bleach the wood in their wake. This end grain vase form was turned from a choice piece of branch which was exhibiting a balanced array of mycological activity, when turning this piece it became apparent that it would lend itself to a more classical form and needed a concave zone to complement the character in the wood; and show off the end grain. Sanding, lacquer and a buff with beeswax was applied to finish.