Bald Cypress Collecting

Today was a bald cypress collecting day.  The weather was perfect, ice on the windshield when I left but warming to near 60 degrees by the time the field work was done.  There’s nothing like collecting trees and not working up a sweat (or getting soaked or...

Harvesting An American Elm

Today it was time to harvest an American elm, Ulmus Americana.  This specimen has been growing away in an old garden area for the better part of a decade.  I knew the trunk was at least 1″ at the base, which is usually the smallest size I’ll lift.  It also...

Loblolly Pine Development – Year Two

I started working on this loblolly pine, Pinus taeda, last year.  If you look closely you can see where I cut the original trunk to a new leader to increase taper and make the tree more compact. In this photo the two lowest branches have been wired (for the first...

Interesting Trees To Work On In 2015

Willow Oak – Quercus Phellos More often than not, when you collect or otherwise acquire a tree you can see right away what it’s going to be in terms of style, size, branch placement, etc.  This isn’t always the case, however.  Sometimes it’s...

It’s Hawthorn Collecting Season

Today I brought home some nice hawthorns.  As it is with almost every deciduous tree I collect, all I’ve got is bare trunks.  But I learned a long time ago that only rarely do you find a deciduous tree with any significant portion of useable superstructure.  To...