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Can anyone tell me if there is any pros or cons to cutting sticks well into winter.I'm in the U.P. of Michigan and can still get to some of the diamond willow I have permission to take.I'm thinking it would be a good thing...Any other opinions??
 

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I see a few advantages.

1. You can see the wood (leaves are gone).
2. Sap stops running so when cutting in the winter months wood is less prone to checking.
3. Keeps us rabologists in shape all year around not just during summer!
 

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I'm sure others will chime in and list a few others. Good luck hunting down your DW. Beautiful stuff when finished but lots of work.
I like stick hunting anytime of the year but favour the winter months. I just see quite a bit I just don't see in the summer months
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I found a diamond willow stick in a local antique shop (A$80). Thanks to my forum reading I was able to hold a very intelligent conversation with the proprietor

about it. Didn't buy it however thought it too expensive. What do they go for in the US???
 

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I have DW on my property but it's in 3 ft of water.My neighbor has a ton of it on their property and said I could cut all I want of it.Not all of it is the right size for walking sticks diameter wise but I'll find something to do with the bigger stuff.No one really knows what it is and when I tell them they don't seem to care much about it.They do get a better appreciation for it after they see it cleaned up.If I get time tomorrow I'll go cut some and take a few pics to post on here of what's there to cut.
 

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This a pic of my neighborhood.My house is to the left,the neighbors is on the center top.40% of the vegetation you see is diamond willow blended in with pine spruce and some other brush.I'll grab all I can from here.

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approx. 100 hazel shanke ready for trimmimg cut about a year ago. no sign of checking .Ready to cut down for storage and use. I will cut them back yo 5.5 ft. checking them before use and cut to the size of the person who will use them later. Some are over7ft long . .A lot needs straightening and cleaning up before use. Just a quick check on the diameter and length so can store them in the greenhouse . any not uo to use will go for firewood..

This will free storage up in the garage ready to cut this years batch as hoping to get approx 200 . The hazel wood is resonable size and doubt that a couple of hundred will be even missed, The wood managment dont do anything with them but its essential there cut regularly otherwise after approx 15 years without cutting they will die.

It will encourage more growth open the hazel up and improve the trees.

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Love the site of bundled sticks in a shop.
 

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trimmed the shanks back to a managable size about 51/2 - 6 ft

Think most of them are b grade but will do for a standard hiking pole when i straighten them and clean the outerbark.

A few will do for walking sticks .one or two have a dogs leg in them so they may do for walkings sticks as these cant be straightened, so will have to cut it out

Dont like to see a bent stick looks sloppy work

just a pic not to clear .

looking for ideas for toppers for them .its not good enought light to work at night this time of year so searching for inspiration for carving toppers.

mayby the sandhill crane will be one or some gargoyles

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Nice bundle there. Good luck getting them just the way you want them.
 
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