WILD CORNEL TREE (CORNUS MAS)

The legend, the wood, the stick.

EXPENDITURE

The most important ... out of the sewing box.

For the recreation manufacturer. A Walking stick making, costs of about one hundred euros in Germany. Composed of gasoline, electricity, solid fuels, propane gas, paints, adhesives, package fees, depreciation and consumable. These are the fixed costs.

The competition think about one hundred hours for the entire processing. With the exact terrain knowledge, low material losses, know-how and a accurat customer support, a good value.

With practical skills and higt end technology, I'm working on the wooden staff for about thirty hours. This is only possible with metal or glass processing tools. Diamonds, tool steel and elemental silicon a must.

Inclusive ... is bout fifty percent of the crop is impractical, for a walking stick. Deers, lightning, snow load, long drought, logging, storms and the editing itself, create surprises repeatedly.

And they need helpful relationships with blacksmiths, welders, saddlers, turners, foundries, toolmakers and importers. Since these special sticks are a separate currency that I like to pay for services, it can be assumed that for every stick, I issue, a another must be completely made. Because of the losses, just to keep my word.

As a hobby manufacturer, you need a lot of self-discipline.

The processing of Cornel can only be completed after about 36 months. Bending and sawing from 24 months at the earliest. The bare wood then wants to be treated as if it were a red-haired sensitive diva. This game takes about 12 months. Between processing, the wood must inevitably be stored in a plastic sleeve. To protect against wind, dust, insects, sun and splashes. For especially valuable, strong pieces, about 60 months pass from search to finishing.

For the beginner. The recipes for dyeing are available in rare textbooks. Likewise the knowledge about the way of wood bending in the steam. They can take advantage of all this. This particular literature costs about one hundred euros per band in Germany.

On the internet there are a few sparse hints about the technology of cornus mas wooden processing.The terrible thing is, as everywhere else, one author writes off the other here. Within a short time you know everything you need to know. Just one some old crumbs is it from the bread. Not more.

Knowledge alone are not enough. A friend of mine had acquired an ancient farmhouse. It contained a huge stone oven. It was once operated with birch wood, because birch wood does not smoke. He was electrified by the thing. So he bought books, birch wood and flour. The little one Private bakery is well visited today. Until it came to that, he baked bread for his pigs ... seven months long.

The feeling for the material and the various processes must first be gained by working with the wood. The hard way is to start right away with Cornus Mas. I started with hazel, ash wood, hawthorn and blackthorn.

Hazel growst in almost every garden. For a particularly beautiful piece I dug up the whole shrub with the root. Alone because of the root knob. For the noble black thorns, I and my shepherd colleagues ran the miles long hedges from. Wild Cornus Mas grows only at local, limited locations. even if someone like me lives in the middle of the area of origin ... if the wood does not want to be found, you will not find it.