I would be interested in some desert ironwood and maybe some ocotillo.
Missed out on my annual NM pronghorn hunt last year.
In return, I can offer:
Oak (many varieties)
Black Walnut (limited quantities)
Some others too.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.-- Robert A. Heinlein
On insect infestations, Loogaroo suggested I microwave the wood before I sent it to him, if I was concerned with transporting varmints. So I did that before popping it into the mail. Seems like a safe measure.
I love how this is working out.
A world without string is chaos.
I could use osage orange, but I am picky.....
I make primative bows and certain characteristics are necessary.
1. the length of the stave (pie shaped split from a log) typically needs to be 70"
2. Harvested in the winter so the water content is low.
3. The grain cannot be twisted like a barbershop pole (which can be difficult to find in the narly osage)
4. Would like the growth rings to be as thick as possible (greater than 1/8 inch)
while I am at it......
optional 5. delivered by a curvy blond bearing a cold adult beverage.
If you can provide osage with items 1-4 , let me know. I can provide most other hardwoods, but possibly a better trade would be a completed bow, a bow partially done so you could finish yourself, or possibly attendance at a class I usually put on each year near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania where I teach a bunch of bushcrafters how to make primative bows and arrows.
I'm looking for some birch. Probably a piece 8 or 9 inches long....big enough for a spoon. I have a big supply of cherry, walnut, oak...some hickory, pine, tulip poplar, maple.... They aren't logs or green wood. I'm a woodworker and my Father has a saw mill so it should all be pretty dry and nice wood. I can make scales for handles if you want.
I just want some birch.
Bushcraft Basic: 13/13 Requirements, 5/5 Electives, 2/4 Outings, 0/1 Overnights.
See, I think there's a plan. There's a design for each and every one of us. You look at nature. Bird flies somewhere, picks up a seed, shits the seed out, plant grows. Bird's got a job, shit's got a job, seed's got a job. And you've got a job. -Maddy from Cold Mountain