Poison ivy pen

“With people, similarities always outweigh the differences…”

Japanese Proverb

Toxicodendron vernicifluum is also known as the Japanese lacquer tree. It is native to China, Japan and Korea. The trees can be tapped to yield Urushi sap, which is highly prized for the production of lacquerware. The finished objects are attractive, durable and glossy. Applying traditional Urushi is a complex task. Dozens of coats are required and each can take weeks or months to dry. Urushi techniques are very ancient, but they have had a modern resurgence in the decoration of fountain pens. Don’t try this at home, as Urushiol is the toxic component of poision ivy and causes legendary skin rashes and irritation. #checkoutnakayapens #letsmakelemonade

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