Late last summer I found a large pile of cute hemlock at the end of the driveway. I asked the landowners if I could have some. They said I was welcome to as much as I wanted. It was cut the year before and the person who said they would take it away never did. Free dry wood. Big big score. So when the weather is nice, I work on carving a few sticks from the bunch. These two have just gone through a nice sanding and have fresh cuts to their ends.
The bonus in this project is that the best tool I’ve come to so far is one of my Dad’s old wood handle folding knives. My dad passed when I was 12, so this is pretty special to me. Needs a cleaning again yes, didn’t feel like getting oil on my hands tonight to get the sap off.
These sticks will eventually get a coating of tung oil, and decorated for sale.
I’m interested in finding out lore on hemlocks if anybody has some to share.