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Off to Virginia & North Carolina for a short trip in the motorhome. The wife thinks we are heading off to see the wildflowers and blooming trees in the Shenandoah National Park and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. :cool: :cool:

It is illegal to collect wood from the National Park but the Blue Ridge Parkway runs through the Washington/Jefferson National Forest in Virginia and the Pisgah in North Carolina and there harvesting standing dead and down timber is perfectly OK.

Last time I drove through the the Blue Ridge Mountains we saw lots of Japanese Honeysuckle wrapped trees and bushes. The honeysuckle vines kill the saplings but they do create those gorgeous twisties. I wasn't a stick maker at that point but this time I will definitely be on the scout! :)
 

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That should be a great trip! Beautiful areas and good luck on the stick hunt.
 

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Back from the Blue Ridge. No sticks, but a great drive none the less. Managed a cpl different chunks of wood to put under the knife so to speak. Anyone ever work with sourwood? The wood smells a bit like potatoes when carving it. Found a nice chunk that I'm whittling into a spirit topper.
 
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