Rutledge Sunflower Farm was, until recently, the site of the largest known sassafras tree in Georgia. The tree had to be taken down and my woodturning club was fortunate to get some of the wood. We are turning items to be sold at their 2012 Sunflower Festival June 30-July 1. Proceeds of the items made will benefit the Camp Twin Lakes which is a camp for disabled and seriously ill children (http://www.camptwinlakes.org/ .) My club is also going to have a booth at the festival in which members who have made items from the tree may display and sell their work.
The tree had obviously been on the ground for a while and the wood is in somewhat less than pristine shape, but hopefully I will be able to get something out of it. I have two pieces. On a branch section about 6″ in diameter and other that is about 10″ in diameter. I will post what I am able to make.
If you are in the area come out and enjoy the festival. It should be a lot of fun. The farm is located about 50 miles east of Atlanta. Directions may be found here.