Hello all, I'm hoping this is the right place for this so here we go. Today I picked up what I'm...95% sure is a sumac branch, very soft center, and no horrible rash so I'm pretty sure its staghorn but here is the thing, initially I was going to carve a Tiki or a totem pole in to it since it was so straight, but because of the soft center I changed my mind to a carved pipe stem for my grandfather who's birthday is coming up. Now what i was wonder is, would there be any heath risk for making a pipe stem, and possibly the bowl as well, out of Staghorn Sumac? Or should i just abandon this branch and find something else?
the links are to images of the branch if anyone would be kind enough to verify my identification. Thank you in advance