Hickory sticks

by Karen
(Mn)

Hickory Tree in Autumn

Hickory Tree in Autumn

I am working on an old cabin and wish to use sticks to outline birchbark. Hickory seems to be the most recommended type of stick. Alas, I have no access to Hickory. Is there a source for pre-dried hickory sticks that you can recommend?

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May 01, 2021
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by: Jacki, Woman of Many Sticks

Hickory is not a tree I'm familiar with, as it doesn't grow in my area either.

I don't feel that your perception that hickory as the only option would be something the original pioneers would accept. They would use whatever is endemic to the area, that's in plentiful supply.

One of my favorite type of twigs is willow, which might suit your needs perfectly, and is probably local to the area. It tends to have long straight growth, so as trim or outlines, it's easy to work with, plus if you leave the bark on it ages to a gorgeous rust or brown colour, depending on the stage of growth and the type of willow.

What exactly are you doing with it? Will it hold any weight, or just strictly be decorative? How long would the pieces need to be?

Purchasing dried twigs should be your last resort, partly due to price, and partly to hold to the original idea behind your cabin. Keep it local!

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