Wednesday, April 14, 2010

slippery elm

so i got my sleepy self outside and sawed down a tree, a sapling slippery elm this afternoon, and this is the luscious bark that i stripped. inner slippery elm, the stuff is like vellum or thin leather. lovely. this makes great paper, baskets, and maybe twine. we'll see what i can do with it. if only my hands aren't too sleepy, too!
look at that fiber!

10 comments:

Dianne said...

It will be interesting to see what you make out of it.

mjc said...

Gorgeous! As I'm sure the bloodroot projects will be.
(Why do I live in a city?)

Velma said...

i think i'm going to sit down and braid some, first. melissa, to think you just missed the north country!!!

aimee said...

omg, BEAUTIFUL fiber!!!! wowee.

neki desu said...

beautiful fiber. splice it together and weave tiny pages for a book (said the weaver)

Velma said...

wow, neki!!!

Dee / Cloth Company said...

very cool! It was finally warm enough, dry enough and my plate was clear enough for me to cut some loooooong pieces of wisteria for you... plan to mail asap!!!

Velma said...

holy fiber, batman!
don't know where this comes from--no tv for 35 years and this!

jude said...

i hear it is also good for a sore throat.

Velma said...

yep. i was looking at it at nori's in saranac lake today, decided i could just chew on the bark rather than buy the lozenges. ha!