My daughter and I went stick collecting today at one of my favorite places.
Overall it was a good day but this was a little disappointing. I thought I found gold when I first saw it.
It's a big chunk of maple about 3 ft diameter and 3 ft long that's just loaded with burls. I had my chainsaw with me so I made a test cut. It's way too rotten to be usable. A lot of it is just spongy. It might be why it was cut off and left there to begin with.
We did end up with a good load of sticks. I think there are 37 or 38 total.
The group on the left are hazel shanks. There are 18 or 19 of them. The 4 on the far right are vine maple, including one that should make a good 1 piece cane, the rest in the middle are alder.
I'm not sure about a couple of the sticks. They were interesting and I like them but they may not end up as shanks.
I think one more good haul like this and I should have enough for next year. I plan to go back soon and stock up on more of the alder while I can.