My neighbor's lilac tree was tipped over in Oct by heavy snow, however still alive. He decided to take it down and I had no choice to but to take some limbs for walking sticks now instead of the coming fall. I plan to leave the bark on and paint the ends with gesso. I do not know if I should put them in the garage attic to dry or not. It gets very hot in the summer in this semi arid northern Utah climate. Perhaps another location would be better to dry them. Open to any suggestions.