Created by using both the smooth inner wood and the textured outer wood of reclaimed railway slippers, this monumentally scaled wooden urn is stunning as is, or used for the display of dried botanicals. Designers often recast this masterful piece of carpentry as a table lamp base. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the British united their Indian empire by building the first railway system on the subcontinent. The colonists went to neighboring Burma and harvested massive amounts of hardwood there to be turned into railway ties or "slippers". One hundred or so years have passed, and it is time for these old wooden slippers to be replaced with modern concrete and iron ones - creating a great surplus of seasoned and beautifully aged wood. Creosote-free, these products are not only fascinating bits of history, but are also environmentally sound decorative objects with spectacular texture and patina that would otherwise be used for air-polluting fuel.