At the weekend we were demonstrating at the Cambridge Town & Country Show at Parker’s Piece in the middle of Cambridge. A lady noticed several items that I’d made from Sumach (Rhus Typhina) and said that she had just had one cut down in her garden. She turned up with a big bag of the logs on Sunday morning – lovely.
The wood is quite spectacular and outrageous…
The downside is that it has a very sticky, resinous sap which gets everywhere if you get it on your hands.
I remember reading somewhere that this was once used for a varnish of some kind.
This is what the foliage looks like…
and the fruit, or drupes, look like big furry raspberries.
Things I make from it sell very quickly but it doesn’t often come my way.