Peith (Downy Birch) Gaelic P


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2 inch high same on both sides

Designed by Angus MacLeod

Handcrafted by Piper Pewter

14th in The Gaelic Tree Alphabet Series

Peith (Downy Birch) Birch wood have a light, open canopy, providing the perfect conditions for grasses, mosses, wood anemone, bluebells, wood sorrel and violets to grow. Birch wood is tough and heavy, making it suitable for making furniture, handles and toys. The bark is used for tanning leather. In early Celtic mythology, the birch symbolised renewal and purification. Bundles of birch twigs were used to drive out the spirits of the old year, and gardeners still use the birch besom, or broom, to ‘purify’ their gardens. It is also used as a symbol of love and fertility. In Scottish Highland folklore, a barren cow herded with a birch stick would become fertile, and a pregnant cow would bear a healthy calf.

This Gaelic Christmas ornament is 2 inch high, and has the same design on both sides. Designed by Angus MacLeod. Handcrafted by Piper Pewter on Cape Breton Island.