Sadly the vast majority of our Elms in the UK have been devastated by Dutch Elm disease, this piece came from the branches of a 300 year
old tree in the village of Pertenhall, Bedfordshire, that was trimmed in an effort to save it. Burr Elm is one of my favourite timbers, it is full of character, rich with features and no two pieces are ever the same. During the drying process little cracks and voids open up which in a purely decorative piece wouldn't be a problem but an urn needs to be a secure container so all the voids have been filled with a turquoise holographic glitter in epoxy, making a feature of them. The lid is also Burr Elm with any voids filled with the same epoxy as the body, it has a handcut 12 tpi thread ensuring a secure closure. It has been finished with multiple coats of a very durable eco-friendly waterborne lacquer which only needs dusting when required.