It is normally found around the countryside at the side of roads or on the edges of hedgerows and it quite easily recognisable, not only does it supply us with Pith for float making but elderberry wine and elderberry liqueur are very nice to drink also.
I was asked recently if I could/would make up 3 Elder pith floats for an elderly gentleman who enjoys some winter roach fishing down south, which of course I agreed to as I dont make up as many as I used to so its always a great change to work with Elder especially if you have collected it yourself from the bush.
The gentleman was asked what type stems he would like, cane, birch wood, bamboo & the answer I received back could I possibly do it in porcupine quill, which funny enough a few friends and myself had been chatting about a few weeks ago so it was settled, Elder Pith & Porcupine.
Whilst stripping the Pith from its bark I noticed some scarring on one of the pieces of pith and was concerned on how it would turn out but I think its nature itself and has added character to the float
(last on right) & after showing it to the gentleman he agreed.
Elderberry's are also used as a fishing bait for many species, Roach included, so you never know these pith floats may just support another berry or two still in search of the gentleman's roach.