I first created this site back in 1998 to document the wild plants that I encountered. But it has grown into a clearinghouse of information on landscaping, backyard birds, butterfly gardening, plant identification and making paper from plant fiber. After leaving Kansas, I thought of deleting the site. But realize it has a wealth of information that people rely upon.
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Plant Fiber Name
Smooth Sumac Bast
Plant Fiber Description
This was a bizarre plant to process. The sap is very sticky. The plant is full of chemicals that reminded me of tar and turpentine. Once processed in soda ash and all the impurities were removed it made a most interesting paper.
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