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#1 cobalt

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 11:31 PM

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#2 cobalt

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 11:36 PM

‚Äčthis is the one I tried to post I think?

 



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 02:11 AM

Thanks cobalt I enjoyed see seeing those.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:29 PM

Thanks Cobalt!

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 05:04 PM

TX,  Cobalt :thumbsu:



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 07:53 PM

Thanks for posting these, Cobalt!

"The Ash Grove" gives me an idea of what I could do with my old pumpkin patch rather than let the weeds have it: grow my own blanks.



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 08:59 PM

You can wrap wire around the shanks or plant honeysuckle if you want to make your own twisties.  The honeysuckle might defeat the purpose of "weed free" though.

The Basques cut the bark on their sticks (Makilas) while they're still growing to create patterns in the bark too.  Growing your own does open up some neat possibilities.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:00 PM

I do have one ash blank.  I wonder if it will be that flexible when I steam it.

Great videos. 

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 11:26 PM

its sad that this has gone due to cheap imports another life style and men's work gone

 but pleased you enjoyed them

ash shanks are that flexible if you steam them long enough

 

Thanks for posting these, Cobalt!

"The Ash Grove" gives me an idea of what I could do with my old pumpkin patch rather than let the weeds have it: grow my own blanks.

 

you would be better of planting hazel its quicker growing and it could be harvested regular without replanting  but it would take 6 years

hazel is just as flexible


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Posted Yesterday, 08:21 AM

How hardy are hazel? The winters here in Maine can get a bit nippy with occasional daytime highs in the negative double digits, Fahrenheit. We had a solid week where it didn't get above 0oF.

 

Worth a shot, though. I'll have to see if I can find seeds. Until then, our native yellow birch would make a good substitute, color-wise.

 

 

(quote from Rodney)You can wrap wire around the shanks or plant honeysuckle if you want to make your own twisties.

 

I actually tried that a few years ago, but I think the wire I used was too flexible. Plus the trees I tried it on were still in the woods, so I only found one out of 4-5 that I'd wired.


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