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SUMAC, STAGHORN

Rhus typhina
(and others)

Primarily Rhus typhina, but also including Rhus copallina and Rhus hirta, of the family Anacardiaceae

my samples:
colors, although varied, are accurate throughout


sample plank and end grain sold to me as staghorn sumac / Rhus typhina


end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of staghorn sumac / Rhus typhina --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The yellow tint in the pics of this piece is WAY too much.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of staghorn sumac / Rhus typhina --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of staghorn sumac / Rhus typhina --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The pics of this sample all have a slight red tint that is not in the wood.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank of staghorn sumac / Rhus typhina --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank of staghorn sumac. This was cut from one of the larger planks on this page so that I could do an end grain update. HUGE enlargements are present.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of staghorn sumac. This was cut from one of the larger planks on this page so that I could do an end grain update. HUGE enlargements are present.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a plank of staghorn sumac. The heavy green tint is correct.


set of planks and a closeup


closeup of the piece directly above


staghorn sumac planks and closeup


3 staghorn sumac planks


I was told, and have read, that staghorn sumac glows in black light so I checked it out and sure enough ... here's a pic of the plank directly above but taken in black light. If you look closely, especially in the enlargements, you'll also see that the bright white line of sapwood turns bright blue in the black light, but that seems to be common (the white sheet under the wood also turned bright blue ... you can see a little of it in the lower right edge of the pic)


closeup from the 3-plank pic directly above


plank and closeup --- this was cut from one of the larger planks above and then sanded for the pics.


end grain closeup of the piece direclty above


staghorn sumac planks


staghorn sumac planks and a closeup --- I specifically chose to put the orange colored plank in with some others to show the color variation, which is correctly represented here. BUT ... when I sanded this plank, I found that the orange was only skin deep and sanded right off ... don't know if it's a patina or what.


both sides of a small staghorn sumac plank sanded down for the pics


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


staghorn sumac planks


staghorn sumac planks


staghorn sumac planks


staghorn sumac planks


staghorn sumac planks


small plank of staghorn sumac with a pith area that I scooped out, pretty much with my fingernail --- the pith on this species is totally punky. The color on this pic is a bit too brown (should be more green)


a couple of staghorn sumac pen blanks and an end grain closeup of the pair


The Wood Book pics


flat cut, quartersawn, end grain
staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina, also listed as Virgina sumac) from The Wood Book --- both levels of enlargement are available for all 3 views

web pics:


staghorn sumac flat cut, quartersawn, end grain


plank listed as staghorn sumac / Rhus typhina


staghorn sumac logs


staghorn sumac bowl blanks


staghorn sumac with very accurate color


staghorn sumac pen blanks


staghorn sumac log and bowl blank


both sides of a plank of staghorn sumac --- I bought this piece and you can see up with the pics of my own samples at the top of this page. The pics here have just a little too much red and not enough green


staghorn sumac planks all from the same vendor --- I'm confident these pics do not show as much green as is actually in the wood and that they have a little too much red tint. These are all from the same vendor as the ones just above here marked "very accurate color". The dealer is honest, just not too interested in color-correct images.


turning stock


crotch slab pair


staghorn sumac turning submitted by Sean Winger --- I doubt the color but I can't remember if Sean commented on it or not.







earrings by Dean Robertson, made from some staghorn sumac that I sent him in a trade (these have a finishing agent on them)


staghorn sumac bowls