I love to hike, and from time to time I collect branches from fallen trees to make walking sticks. I don’t do it a lot, but I’ve collected enough over the past 3 years that I have plenty in my workshop. I see a lot of fallen trees, and pass up a lot of wood, but this morning was golden. I harvested a nice Black Cherry branch from an even bigger fallen tree. I also came across – for the first time ever – a couple of Hophornbeam that had fallen. One was older and already rotting, but one had been recently flattened by a fallen Red Oak, and it was perfect size for a large walking stick. I have never worked with Hophornbeam, but I’m sure it didn’t get its nickname “Ironwood” for nothing. I’ve already peeled the outer bark and sealed them, and I’ll let them dry for a year or so before doing anything with them.