Edited by KenVA, 12 November 2018 - 04:39 PM.
My First Haul
Posted 12 November 2018 - 04:38 PM
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Posted 12 November 2018 - 05:34 PM
Looks like you had a good day. Try digging a few up too. There's a chance you can get some good root sticks too.
Posted 12 November 2018 - 06:16 PM
I'm not exactly sure what they are. I know some are hickory and some may be birch. The ones on the right are dense and very heavy.
Posted 14 November 2018 - 09:26 AM
Posted 15 November 2018 - 08:51 PM
It's hard to see from the picture but all 3 pieces on the right have that same texture. In fact, I think the two far right ones came from the same sapling. All three are very dense and heavy.
Edited by KenVA, 15 November 2018 - 08:52 PM.
Posted 16 November 2018 - 09:10 AM
Posted 16 November 2018 - 04:57 PM
I mark mine with the species when I know it and the month and year it was picked. That way I have a better idea of whether they're dry enough to use yet or not.
Figure a year per inch of thickness as a safe rule of thumb. Lighter species generally dry faster than denser ones.
Posted 17 November 2018 - 04:49 AM
I'm really new to this so identifying wood is tough, especially this time of year when most if not all of the leaves are gone. Some may be dense hardwoods and others not. I try to get an idea by tapping the back end of my machete on it to get a feel for the density. I do plan to sell them at craft fairs and such and I think knowing what wood it is would be helpful but I guess as long as it's a hardwood species that finishes nicely and will last, that's all that really matters. And also , because I will be selling them I hope to need new inventory every year. Here in Virginia you kind of have to collect in the late fall through winter if you can to avoid the ticks and chiggers. Between Alpha Gal (red meat allergy) and Lyme disease, you really want to avoid ticks here. I'll be going out again this weekend and Thanksgiving weekend since I'll be off for four days and the weather looks good. I hope to have 30-40 this season, add more next season then work on this seasons haul over the late winter through summer of 2020. Can't really do anything but collect until this seasons haul is dry so I also plan on working on other craft items to sell during this coming summer.
Posted 19 November 2018 - 07:41 AM
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