Conks, often called Shelf or Bracket Fungi, are important recyclers in forest ecosystems. We humans use them for other purposes, such as tinder (fire starter), medicines, smoking mixtures, fabric, and decorations.
I see Popeye. Or maybe a crusty ole' pirate! Whatever you, and I, see it is apparent why many of these fungi are collected for artistic purposes! I got it...The Old Man of the Forest! That's what I see!