Some interesting sticks there, Jerry. I might be able to get my hands on a nice bit of hornbeam come spring; ground is frozen right now so the root knob would be hard to get. It's a small tree growing at the back end of my horse pasture. At a guess, I'd say it was 10-15 feet tall, maybe 3" in diameter at the base, but those are really wild guesses.
Got literally tons of oak, as well, if you want to go that direction. I don't usually use it for sticks because of the weight and I seem to be allergic to the sawdust from it.
I usually harvest them with just my folding saw. I probe around the sapling with the blade and try to cut the roots about 6-8 inches from the base. The topsoil is really thin here, so no need for a shovel. Sometimes I'll pull or push the tree side to side a bit to see where the roots are by where the moss lifts up, then cut them.
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