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The wife and I went camping at our local state park this weekend. We camp at this particular park several times a year as we really like the trails through the various hardwoods and pine forest. Last spring the park's Interpretive Naturalist was doing a program for the visitors on making your own hiking stick so naturally, no pun intended, yours truly and the wife went to the program. After the program we got to talking and I remarked on how much I enjoyed working with the sassafras she had for her sticks. Well we saw Jeanie today and after a year she still remembered us and my like of sassafras as a carving wood. She had saved me a huge box full of the cut offs from a years worth of stick crafting! I now have enough sassafras to carve at least 2 dozen toppers!
 

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Wow, nice. Very thoughtful. I've had mostly good results from the sassafras I've used. Aside from the great aroma, and the colorful bark, the wood can be fairly strong, but light. It seems the best is stuff that was growing in a partly shaded area. In the open, it grows almost like a weed, and the wood can be, for want of a better word, spongy.
 

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Wonderful gift. I look forward to seeing what the turn into..
 
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