1965T3295 Elm Bowl, 1954 Made by George Lailey of Bucklebury Common, Berkshire Pinto Collection - Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965. This elm wood bowl was made by George Lailey of Bucklebury Common, Berkshire in 1954. George Lailey was one of the last pole lathe workers to earn a living from making domestic utensils in England. This bowl was one of his last pieces which he made in 1954 when he was 85 years old. Although woods such as sycamore and beech were popular amongst wood turners, George Lailey preferred to use elm, which was in plentiful supply at that time. The outbreak of Dutch elm disease in the 1970s was a catastrophe for the English Elm. Only a handful of large elm trees have survived and it is now commonly found only as a small tree in hedgerows.