We had to take down our funny old spruce tree that was smack in the middle of the front yard-- it had been struggling since before we first moved here, and unfortunately, this winter did it in. Perhaps it was too mild and the bugs managed to get it. In anycase, it was completely brown, and when we took it down, bone dry. Just before we cut the final stump off, I thought maybe we should carve it... too bad we didn't leave more height, that would have been fun too... so Hiin got out his fine woodcarving tools and went at it.
I'm not sure yet whether I will fill the bowl with a bit of dirt and moss, or seal it with something and create a birdbath.