Burl wood has always fascinated me. We bought a clock made from burl wood at the Rosebowl flea market when we were living in Los Angeles, and I was convinced we should redecorate our entire apartment in a lodge theme. But I’ve never seen anything quite like this.
They are called Mata Palo and are formed when a Bromeliad bores into its host tree–these are from Guatemala. I think they’re totally awesome and remind me of an inverted mushroom.