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01-31-2013 09:49 AM
JonnVanBC I live in Vancouver and really the only wildlife to be aware of when you leave the city are bears and the occasional cougar.
You don't have to go far from the city before you are in bear country.
Never wander around in the woods alone and always make noise. If there are bears in the area, you want them to know you are coming. They will try to avoid you. Even bring bear spray.
If you are in a provicial park there will sometimes be signs posted if there is a bear in the area.
Cougars are a different story. Another good reason to take a friend or two with you.
01-27-2013 11:45 PM
panda.lover
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Originally Posted by FlyingGiraffes View Post
I would recommend going up in altitude as much as possible. Wind sculpts wonderful pieces for you. Great example is Tom Barr's wood. Not sure if you have mountains nearby in your area though.
I am in Vancouver There are mountains in all directions.
01-17-2013 06:42 AM
FlyingGiraffes I would recommend going up in altitude as much as possible. Wind sculpts wonderful pieces for you. Great example is Tom Barr's wood. Not sure if you have mountains nearby in your area though.
01-14-2013 10:13 PM
lochaber
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Originally Posted by panda.lover View Post
what about wood from by the ocean side?

Most of what I've collected recently, and used in the past (a long time ago) was driftwood gathered off a beach.

I think the only real concern would be to get the salt out of it, but the normal soaking procedure should take care of that.
01-14-2013 08:33 PM
Sajacobs
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i am so NEVER looking for drift wood...
I'm with ya. The idea of spiders and snakes....yuck. Especially big spiders. had one in my shoe last year, I completely freaked out. I won't be adding driftwood hunting to my hobbies. Good luck stick pokers.
01-14-2013 08:24 PM
laqu i am so NEVER looking for drift wood...
01-14-2013 07:11 PM
panda.lover what about wood from by the ocean side?
01-14-2013 06:21 PM
moneymark what about roots? anyone try those?
01-14-2013 05:31 PM
talontsiawd I have used softwoods without issue. The longest I have had a piece in was maybe 1 year though. It didn't look different cosmetically but it was way softer than when I put it in and wouldn't easily be reusable if I was moving it around as it would likely break up into smaller pieces.

I don't really hunt for driftwood, but I don't hesitate to use something I find on a hike. Like many, I only take dead pieces of wood, I normally will be in Berkeley and don't want to upset the Hippies, among other reasons. I boil all my wood, no matter if it's from the wild or store bought. I just don't like a ton of tannins in my tank, or waiting for wood to sink. Boiling make any bark really easy to get off as well.
01-14-2013 04:11 PM
Sake Soft wood will break down quicker, that's why you shouldn't use them.
01-14-2013 03:16 PM
moneymark somebody said something about not using soft wood in the aquarium. is it toxic to fish? even if boiled?
01-14-2013 04:30 AM
driftwoodhunter Fortunately, I like snakes - but I never considered I might get struck until I stumbled onto the copperhead! It was the first one I've ever seen (I'm originally from Connecticut). They are very beautiful.
01-14-2013 12:44 AM
Sake
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I speak from first hand experience - watch out for snakes! While dw hunting this summer I came within a foot of stepping on a superbly camouflaged Copperhead snake. One other time I got out of my car and there was a Timber Rattlesnake outside the door. Also, if you're in a rocky area be careful & test your next foothold to be sure the rocks don't move. Great way to break an ankle. Oh yeah, and once when I disturbed some rotten wood, a cloud of hornets chased me. Fun times...

That probably wasn't the kind of stuff you were looking for, but be careful of what local critters you have! lol

Lol I use to love finding those under the logs and driftwood I moved! Of course I was actually looking for copperheads and rattlers.
01-14-2013 12:09 AM
lochaber Soaking it would be pretty good. I tend to be pretty dismissive of worries about pathogens/bacteria, but that's just me.

boiling will help it to sink quicker, and leech out some of the tannins faster. I've also heard speculation that it may accelerate the decay of the wood, but I haven't heard anything other then a vague speculation.

I've heard of people running it in the dishwasher w/out soap/etc. If you have exterior space, you could fill a large trashcan with water, just keep an eye out for mosquito larva.


I've soaked larger pieces in the bathtub, but there is a good chance of getting soap residue on them that way.

If you already have driftwood/weathered wood that doesn't contain sap/resins, a few soakings with water changes should get out most of the stuff - keep changing the water every day or two until you notice less of a color change.
01-13-2013 07:17 PM
panda.lover that dose help. I use a trekking pole pole tent when I am backpacking so I do have poles around.

What about after I have loaded the truck and gotten my treasures home what ways are good for treating the wood? I have a 15 gallon pot and a burner for boiling. what can/should I do for treating it?
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