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#1 cobalt

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 11:23 PM

a hours walk in the local wood had the loppers in the car so cut a few shanks

theses quite a lot of shank needs cutting but I have all I need don't think any stick makers touch them some areas you cant find a good shank.

Have cut a few a little thicker than normal around 11/4 inches -11/2 inches just thought these may be alight for a two piece stick

Not sure if its me but those shanks I have cut al seem to be lighter in colour than usual? last years seem to be a rich dark brown this years almost seem golden in colour

I suppose the growing condition plays a big part in it.

the saps rising so a little late some where beging to show buds  but I wont be using them for at lest a year   or more

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Edited by cobalt, 15 March 2017 - 11:27 PM.

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#2 MJC4

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Posted 16 March 2017 - 12:45 AM

Nice haul. Wish we had access to some hazel here. Lots of silver maple saplings in our area.



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Posted 16 March 2017 - 01:16 AM

Great group of shanks.

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Posted 16 March 2017 - 08:18 AM

Love the color variations from one shank to the next. Reminds me of the yellow birch which grows around here where you can see anything from a deep orange-gold to a pale yellow.



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Posted 16 March 2017 - 02:09 PM

Nice bunch of sticks.  They're all a lot lighter (and straighter)  than the beaked hazel that grows here.  Our native hazel is a dark brown/ almost purple color.

A nice wood to work with though.

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Posted 16 March 2017 - 04:04 PM

Nice group of sticks.



#7 cobalt

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 12:06 AM

Rodney hazel has a huge range of colours it all depends on the growing conditions and weater

My favorite hazel  is that which I believe is grown on the west coast of scotland it looks like a crackle glaze  also like welsh hazell with its snakeskin mottled pinkish pattern on but theye do variey from season to season .Generally the shanks i cut are usually a darker  brown but these are  from the same wood but are much lighter than last years harvest






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