This hollow form vessel was turned from Catalpa bignoniodes (Indian bean tree). It came from a listed tree at the bottom ofLardon Chase in Streatley-on-Thames. During a storm in the winter of 2020 the tree was blown down and Pete assisted with the tidy up in return for some of the timber.
This form was turned from the fresh timber and allowed to dry before being sanded and finished with lacquer, a bark inclusion on the form was embraced as a feature allowing the piece to be rested comfortably on its side. This species of tree is native to the southern region of the USA, though it could be considered somewhat native to Europe as fossils have been found dating back to between 66 million years ago to 2.6 million years ago.