Spalting is simply a fungal discoloration of wood, not a separate species, it is found in
wood that has begun initial stages of decay but once the wood is dried the spalting process is stopped. It can give the wood dark contrasting lines and streaks where fungus has begun to attack the wood. This piece was rough turned to shape then left to dry for several months, when dry, it is brought back to the lathe where both the inside and outside are trued up, it is sanded to a fine finish tand given multiple coats of a hard wearing and eco friendly hardwax oil. Sometimes during the drying process small cracks and holes open up, rather than disguise them powdered Aluminium mixed with two part epoxy has been used to make a feature of them.
The Wych Elm lid has a handcut 12tpi thread ensuring a secure closure.