My husband gave me this seat a few years ago now. It is carved from the roots and trunk of an old tree. I am actually against the felling of trees but the company that produce these only take them out if it is absolutely essential. I have several trees in my garden that are dying but would not entertain felling them. As they die, they give life to others. Insects and fungus will live on the tree. The birds will eat the insects, and nest in the hollows. Everything has a purpose. I am as you might guess a bit of a tree hugger. I am absolutely, totally and without doubt passionate about them. When I take my grandchildren to a park or walk the garden, more often than not we will hug a tree. They are life giving. Quote: In peace there is nothing so becomes a man, as modest stillness and humility.