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A large branch has blown down in the wind opposite my daughter's house. None of it is suitable for stick shafts but my thinking is this:

the large main branch, when seasoned properly after at least a couple of years would make some fine handles.

Am I right in thinking this?
 

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A friend has some hazel she wants removing and there look to be some good shanks in there, on my way up later so hopefully there'll be a good haul. Unfortunately it won't wait until Autumn as she wants them gone so I have to make the best of it.
 

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I cut them today and got 6 good looking shanks, all 6 feet or thereabouts, now safely stashed in my shed. I also happened upon something else climbing her house wall and slowly choking it. I think I know what it is, and it was uber thorny and "ate" two of my sabre saw blades getting it down. Pictures to follow, let me know what you think it is:

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Ah, no shanks unfortunatley it was all over the place but I did get a piece with some 90-ish degree bends which I hope will make a couple of nice handles in a year or so when it has been de-barked and carved.
 

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I was hoping it would be black thorn but I'm just not that lucky :)

@ Rodney - I'm just cutting them when I see them, allowing extra on the length for any splitting and trusting it all comes good!
 

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Cut it when you see it, if you don't someone else will, cut down trees are a good source of handles an 'V's for thumb sticks, also look at where side branches come from the main stem, ther can be swans, ducks., snakes hidin in there e.g.

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I just need to develop both my visualisation and my carving skills! As someone who flopped disastrously at art and technical drawing I'm "challenged" shall we say, however, learning new skills is all part of the fun!
 
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