|Forum topic by Lee Barker||posted 11-28-2011 07:35 PM||1593 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
11-28-2011 07:35 PM
Oregon-grape (Mahonia aquifolium, Berberidaceae) is an evergreen shrub related to the barberry. The Oregon-grape is not related to true grapes, but gets its name from the purple clusters of berries whose color and slightly dusted appearance are reminiscent of grapes.
The plant grows to 1–5 m (3 ft 3 in–16 ft 5 in) tall. Its leathery leaves resemble holly and the stems and twigs have a thickened, corky appearance. The flowers, borne in late spring, are yellow.
The inner bark of the larger stems and roots of Oregon-grape yield a yellow dye; the berries give purple dye. (end quote)
We removed some of this from the back yard and the stems were hefty enough to warrant my offering them to pen turners, just for the cost of shipping USPS Priority in the continental US.
When I cut it, the sawdust was saffron yellow. These pictures show a piece I sliced, wavy, to see the grain.
I do not know if the yellow color will persist.
I have three small Priority boxes (8” pieces) and one medium box (11” pieces). They were cut 11/26, green.
I can send you images of the choices or you can take pot luck.
Payment will be by PayPal, $5 for the small and $10 for the medium.
If you want more than one box, you’ll have to send me a pen back. : )
My email is email@example.com
I will update the thread when all four boxes are spoken for.
-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"