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Included is a photo of a sapling I just cut. It is a burr oak I have been watching for a couple of years. It sure put on a growth spurt this spring. At the smallest it's about 1 3/4" and the big end is near 3" bark included. When I dug it up, I expected a root knob with a couple of side roots. Instead it has one big tap root that tapers out from the trunk. Those little twigs you see at the upper end are all the side roots it had. So, when it is dried, what would you folks do with this? How would you shape it?.

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That would be a good one to carve IMO. Plenty of material to work with. You would have a great one piece stick.

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I just measured it. It won't stretch more than 52". That won't make a hiking stick. I'm thinking what I could carve around the shaft up to a knob. Snakes are way too over done.
 

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I thought of that. I would carve it rather than wood burn it. That way I can reduce the size of the shaft and round the knob more.

Will it be easier to remove the bark while it is green or leave it on awhile?
 

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Probably slightly easier while it's green but the faster drying also increases the chances of checking. I would leave the bark on and deal with it later.

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