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When norson posted a few days ago about the corkscrew willow he's using for sticks, I started thinking about similar trees I've seen at a nearby botanical garden. Last night I recalled a shrub that died off some years ago. It was called a "Harry Lauder Walking Stick Tree." Curliest branches I'd ever seen. Evidently it is often used as a flowering ornamental in gardens.

Upon searching around, I found a nice article on Mr. Lauder, a vaudevillian singer. The fellow must have been a hoot. He had quite a cane collection, among which were the twisty ones he used when he was in character. Seeing them brings a smile to my face, not the least because I've been working on a few sticks I consider "loopy."

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