Beaver Cut Diamond Willow 2

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Project by knottysticks posted 06-26-2017 01:35 AM 1210 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wood – Diamond Willow
Satin Poly Finish
Brass Bottom Tip
57 inches

I wish to thank the beaver that choose this stick.

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#1 posted 06-26-2017 05:09 AM

Love the look of Diamond Willow for canes, sticks, or staffs.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 06-27-2017 11:38 AM

I wish Diamond Willow was around here.

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#3 posted 06-27-2017 01:29 PM

Like your walking sticks out of diamond willow, so had to check out all the ones you have made. All are great. Would like to get some of that wood someday, I travel back and forth to alberta, Does it grew there, what do you look for.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 07-04-2017 03:19 PM

I can’t see why there isn’t diamond willow in BC? I know it’s in the northern states, Alberta, Yukon, the Territories Sask, Manitoba etc… Wiki say’s it found down to Califorina. You are looking for Bebb’s willow [Salix bebbiana]. This species grows the straightest with a very hard heart wood core. Bebb’s willow grows at the waters edge, but not in the water. It grows around the very edge of sloughs , lakes, in clusters about 3-4 feet around [ see photo’s in link below] with a dozen or so branches in a cluster. From a distance it grows fairly straight and about 10-12 feet tall, with last years top growth having a reddish appearance. You can find large stands of Bebb’s willow, and with in a stand of 50 clusters of willow you ‘may’ find one cluster with diamonds, and then only a few branches with diamonds. Watch for standing dead branches, they are the oldest with the most pronounced diamonds, the dead wood has the largest heart wood centre [ dead core] often with easy to remove other white sap wood. So it takes alot of walking in the bush around bodies of water, done best during the winter when there are no leaves and low sap content. There are a few other species of willow which get these diamonds but there wood tends to be weak and twisted. The strange shapes is most likely the result of attack by a fungus. Happy hunting.

There is a little info here

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