Couple branches of the neighbor's weeping willow came down in a storm.
Tree folk say they need to take down the whole tree for safety's sake. I
look at lots of board feet of lumber on the hoof and wonder if it's worth
asking for some.
I understand that willow isn't very strong; I'd be carving it. (Kachinas
are carved from downed willow, BTW.) The Forest Products Lab book only
mentions Black Willow. The site http://www.wood-worker.com/properties.htm
doesn't mention willow at all.
Has anyone here played with weeping willow wood?
Yep. It's soft, fuzzy, and weak like the entire family. As long as you
confine its use to such things where those are insignificant, it's pretty.
Would I pay more for cutting than the price of its brothers of the
aspen/cottonwood persuasion? Probably not much.
Kachinas are of cottonwood/willow, because that's about all that grows in
those river bottoms.
Some how I sort of doubt that. Probably more like Cotton wood.
Most of the Willows in the South West are Globe willow, not
weeping willow and those have been brought in by eastern
"carpet baggers". :-)
According to one of my (UK) tree-spotting books, all the true
"weeping" willows are Salix alba v. Tristis. These are male clones,
grown from a single specimen in France at the start of the 19th
There are of course other willows of rather similar shape.
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