I'm constantly scouting around when there are fallen limbs for pieces I can use. I check Craigslist and Facebook to see if people are asking for someone to come and take the wood away. Just this week a friend had a Bradford Pear tree fall, so I helped cut the limbs and took away what I could haul. Almost all the wood I use to make wands is acquired this way. It's better for the environment that it's kept out of land fills or burnt.
I'd like to share with you what some of the wood I work with looks like before it becomes a wand, crochet hook, or bookmark.
|Black Walnut straight off the table saw.|
|A lovely piece of Honey Locust. |
With its variegated grain, it will soon be a bookmark.
|Here you can see the lovely yellow color and grain|
of fresh Mulberry.
|Here is a lovely color shift of chocolate brown to tan|
of a piece of Black Walnut.
|Showing the red and white grain of Red Juniper|
|Pointing out the heavy grain in the piece of Redbud, |
which is a lovely yellow-brown.
|Beautiful tiger striping of a piece of Honey Locust.|
|Osage Orange has a very attractive golden color|
with darkening almost to purple.
These are just a sampling of the woods I use and the beauty hidden under their bark.
GipsonWands is a regular contributor to our blog. He creates handmade wood magic wands, solid wood crochet hooks, bookmarks, art cards and more. Check out his shop on Storenvy, and connect with him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.