This beast comes from Wolfgang Kaeflein, the man who collected more than 20,000 trees. It is a European hornbeam, Carpinus betulus. Actually it is just the very base of a tree that probably was around 7 meters high or more. The base has a diameter fo 45 cm and a hight of 50 cm. This guarantees powerful proportions. Wolfgang has stumped the tree and then carved it also.
It is now in a huge pot by Derek Aspinall. There it will rest for a couple of years. It will be allowed to grow wild and then it will be tamed.