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31 May 2013

Growing. sorting and making thoughts

A long gap in this blog, due to life and seasons. Slow Making in so many ways.

When does sorting and preparing material become making? Today I spent almost the whole day cutting willow trees that have been growing for up to eight years. The rising sap in May means the bark can be stripped off for white willow. I discovered a few years ago the wonderful properties of willow bark, it can be used fresh or dried and resoaked to use when needed.
The sorting process incudes preparation and storage of materials in appropriate conditions. 
Looking 'right' it always helps with the making process.