One of our recent visitors. We've had many over the years but sadly we have lost a lot to vehicular collisions and poachers. This is a young guy...hopefully he'll grow old here .
Long scarf joint on a non-load bearing staff to make shipping more affordable (or even possible). The long joint allows for more glue surface. Note the pencil line witness to help align it. Please note it is best to attempt on a dry, seasoned staff. If not the faces may distort as they dry and may not mate as well.
Gluing and clamping a scarf joint. Use a liberal amount of glue spread evenly on each face. Cable ties work as cheap clamps, tighten them well with pliers. Masking tape helps hold the fine feathered edge in place. If left unchecked that thin edge of wood will warp up because of the glue, especially water based glue. It should be noted that wood glue is best on dry wood, but if you must reassemble a fresher staff a clear, slow set epoxy would be more suitable.
Completed scarf joint rough sanded. Two through fasteners can be added for more strength. You can also conceal the joint with a surface treatment like wrapping it with leather if it is placed at a good gripping height.
Late summer morning with a crisp chill in the air.
A walk at dusk to harvest a few more goodies. Note the double trunk tree. Good forest management practices are to remove any multiple stems and favor the straight single stemmed trees.
Our monstrous, tortured white pine complete with demon dog. No marketable wood value in a tree like this and it should be removed in theory...but it is a magical, sacred place.
Another angle of the big old behemoth white pine. The low branches and multiple leaders show it started it's life in a field where it suffered lifelong injuries.
Charred staff with a gazing ball
Microburst damage ripe for a forest fire
A choked out Balsam wetland
The road less traveled
The hardest part: Choosing the best features to fit in the box
Stripping the bark with a drawknife
A sample of our choked, overcrowded woodlands
Storage and tracking for unfinished pieces
Freshly dug and not yet sized or peeled