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This is the same piece of sumac carved in opposite ways.

Sumac is an interesting wood to carve! Very soft, but once its all finished it seems to hold its own.
Ive only carved sumac once its been seasoned, but I would love to carve it green.

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Thanks!

-Jeff

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I've turned some sumac and I agree, it can be a little soft. It sure has some beautiful grain in it, though. I really like your spoons. Even without the sumac the shape looks perfect.
 

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I do like the grain of Sumac and wish it were a hardwood so I could use it for my canes. Nicely done!
 

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Very nice work and great looking spoons.
 

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I grew up spending a lot of time on a farm in Arkansas and we had one place that was full of what my uncle told me was sumac and to be avoided. Perhaps I am having a memory problem but he always told us how poisonous that stuff was! Is this that same stuff???? Or is there a "different" sumac I am not aware of? For sure this is beautiful wood and your work is superb but would like to know. Thanks for sharing!
 

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Not all sumac is poisonous. The ones that are seem to act like poison ivy. Google for more info.
I love the spoons.
 

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Yeah its a people thing. Some people are allergic to it but most aren't and it is like any other wood.
 
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