Harvesting Hazel sticks

A nice frosty morning allowed a quick venture into our hazel coppice to select and cut some sticks for our stock of blank walking stick shanks catering for local stick makers.

Harvesting Hazel sticks
Harvesting Hazel sticks

In the main they only get offered for sale after being seasoned for at least twelve months (necessary for the stick straightening process to be effective) but some of our more eager customers do like a browse through the freshly cut stock as well.

Hazel walking stick shanks harvested January 2018
Hazel walking stick shanks harvested January 2018

More details: www.woodlandcraftshop.co.uk/walking-sticks.html

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Coppicing Hazel

As the seasonal wreath making draws to a close a lovely morning allowed a chance to make a start on the Hazel coppice.

Coppicing Hazel
Coppicing Hazel

Our stand of hazel was planted specifically to provide a harvest of walking stick blanks for the surprisingly large number of local stick making enthusiasts. We now use the remaining wood for crafts including wood turning and gypsy flowers, wood chunks for smoking foods and, as a last resort, firewood.

Hazel walking stick shanks
Hazel walking stick shanks

We choose not to ‘clear fell’ the hazel but prefer to selectively cut out the sticks we want and leave the remainder to mature. This practice not only maintains the fantastic wildlife habitat that has been established but it  seems to ‘draw’ some good straight sticks as they fight for the light at the top of the canopy.

 

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