Inspired by "Braiding Sweetgrass", and seeing that the cattails prepared to cover all of our pond next year, a friend of mine and myself harvested lots of cattails yesterday. Today we had our first experience with them, cutting off the roots, separating the leaves, and so on. A lovely weekend altogether, where we learned much about the cattails' softness in many respects, and discovered their intricate patterns inside the leaves. Next task: to dry and store the leaves properly. But where?! (Almost all places to dry stuff already contain something!)
Did anyone else get inspired by this book to try their hand at some new skill?