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Manzanita wood collecting

This is a recent wood haul from up near where I live.







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Holy smokes, that is some fantastic looking wood!
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wow. Nice looking driftwoods.
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Very nice ,, and are you going to be sharing with the rest of us

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You live in Florida, no excuse, go out and collect some of that Cedar, Cypress etc.

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Where exactly did you collect this from? :P

Maybe it's time for a trip of my own.
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Ehh I've seen better......

*starts to saunter away then takes off at a dead run..*

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Where exactly did you collect this from? :P

Maybe it's time for a trip of my own.
I don't know where you're located but it shouldn't be too hard to find manzanita.
I'm lucky to take a walk without tripping over the stuff...lol...and I've burnt enough in the last few years to fill a gymnasium.

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I don't know where you're located but it shouldn't be too hard to find manzanita.
I'm lucky to take a walk without tripping over the stuff...lol...and I've burnt enough in the last few years to fill a gymnasium.
Where do you find your manzanitas at?
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I don't know where you're located but it shouldn't be too hard to find manzanita.
I'm lucky to take a walk without tripping over the stuff...lol...and I've burnt enough in the last few years to fill a gymnasium.
Most of us here laugh at folks that pay top dollar for it.
Mouth of the Eel river is good for wood, Yuba pass off HYW 49 is good for manzy. Depends on what you are looking for, smaller branchy trees: 5500-7000ft is good. Largest pieces, any rocky soils south side exposure, few hundred ft to about 3000-4000ft most of the Foothils and mountains along the coast as well in pockets.

It's a fire hazard, many small country roads often are littered with the brush left over cuttings.

You find your own special collecting spot, I've mentioned a few. You need to get out and explore "nature"... ......then you find cool stuff.

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I hike by it, I mountain bike by it, ski by it etc.
Most of the nice stuff is a long way from the road, but not always.

I'm getting some for a client, but I've known where nice stuff is for a long time. I just wanted different wood at the time.

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Pulls some up with a lot of rot, but " saw " a nice hollow log under neath:



Then some cleaning and brushing:



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That's quite amazing, Dude!

Makes me want to go out and do some hiking. Get some exercise, lose my winter fat coat and score some manzanita
Not sure if I could get any around here though. (Sonoma County)

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Where do you find your manzanitas at?
I'm in the Auburn area, but as Tom stated, anywhere from the foothills on up you shouldn't have any trouble finding some. Also if you can find any areas of construction, there will likely be a brush pile building up as they're clearing the land.

Those are some nice looking pieces Tom. I'm still trying to take the time to hit the Eel river after reading one of your posts in another thread. I tend to like that type of wood better than Manzanita.

I agree with you on the "paying top dollar" comment...lol...I'm not saying nice Manzanita isn't something worth paying for, but when I think that people will actually pay you to come cut the stuff down off their property and haul it away or burn it, it does have some irony.

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I think the point I'm making is that One person's poison is another person's gold.
If you look for the larger trees and breaking them up, or hollowed logs, then you find much more than those, cough cough, "beaver sticks".

But........at least some folks have bothered to sell it and charge what they think is fair for their time and trouble(crap, I do not wanna do that personally, even if it was top dollar). I do not mind for some projects etc, but I'm not one to do it "on going".

I think the supply in CA is such that most anyone living in the Central Valley or foothills, mountains could easily do this and find more than enough, burls, roots, nice larger trees etc. Those cost more to ship, but the wood itself in not that heavy compared to most wood.

Also, nabbing tropical rainforest wood vs a fire hazard locally seems more appropriate. Mopani is use for fuel and many other uses in Africa, not sure about the Malayiasian wood. Amazon old black wood, not sure either. There's many types etc, but this one I know is a weed/fire hazard here, and it's local.

Like produce, Glass tanks, stands etc buy, DIY and obtain local when you can.

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That's quite amazing, Dude!

Makes me want to go out and do some hiking. Get some exercise, lose my winter fat coat and score some manzanita
Not sure if I could get any around here though. (Sonoma County)
Sonoma is loaded with Manzy. North and East. The higher up, the better.
To get an ideal of the habitat, take a hike to the top of Mt St Helena. Not that interesting of a trail(mostly fire road), but the 4 mile hike will give you a killer view, and what to look for. Russian River is a good place(take boat/canoe ride etc). Jenner is loaded with wood, beach driftwood though. You might try Mark West Rd, north side of Santa Rosa, anywhere up towards HB and Geyersville way, you can see the trees all over. Also, out towards lake Sonoma etc.

Crap, it's everywhere there. Redwood, oak and Manzy, might need to drive 1-2 hours, but you should be able to find plenty.

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