I especially like the comment regarding the space, you must be a fungi to be around CHJ. Its actually deeper than it looks though but its not really important to me as it was more an "objet d art" (spelling?).
I took the pics with a flash just before the final finish and clean as it was getting late on Sunday (hence the "white" in the potholes). I started the finish by using sanding sealer and wire wool. After a final blast with 400 grit sanding discs in a drill I finished it off with friction polish as I find wax dulls off too quick.
The elm was not too bad at all although the chisels needed a good sharpening before and afterwards. The wood is hard but is forgiving as a result. The only thing with turning any burr is the uneved surface. You have to cut carefuly and be sure you are wearing a mask as the "holes" can cuase big bits to break out or the odd dig in.