lunedì 21 luglio 2014

Smoke tree Wood - Staghorn - Sumac

Cotinus coggygria

Smoke tree show spectacular wood known like Sumac or Staghorn wood



Yesterday i found this place:



shrubs and bushes were cut in order to wide the road,
it seemed like a good opportunity to pick up some wood.
This morning wasn't really good weather,
but picking up worked nicely however, and i found this 25 years smoke tree cut in a piece long 2,50 meter for 12 cm diameter....mas o meno...
It has irregular growth, but i have to consider that in this bush it has to grow higher to get the light,
much competition around there...

From Wiki:

Cotinus coggygria, syn. Rhus cotinus (Eurasian smoketree, smoke tree, or smoke bush)
is a species of flowering plant in the family Anacardiaceae,
native to a large area from southern Europe,
east across central Asia and the Himalayas to northern China.

It is a multiple-branching shrub growing to 5–7 m (16–23 ft) tall with an open,
spreading, irregular habit, only rarely forming a small tree.
The leaves are 3-8 cm long rounded ovals, green with a waxy glaucous sheen.
The autumn colour can be strikingly varied, from peach and yellow to scarlet.
The flowers are numerous, produced in large inflorescences 15–30 cm (5.9–11.8 in) long;
 each flower 5-10 mm diameter, with five pale yellow petals.
Most of the flowers in each inflorescence abort,
elongating into yellowish-pink to pinkish-purple feathery plumes
(when viewed en masse these have a wispy 'smoke-like' appearance, hence the common name)
which surround the small (2-3 mm) drupaceous fruit that do develop.





Smell really good, it has a kind of resin under the bark...
i don't know if its Linfa, but it is very sticky
and gives the idea to lubricate the bevel of the gouge.....


i played a bit with first,
It' strong wood, tenacious...
the colours are natural, will be finished with oil after dried and some sanding...





Cheers

Paolo