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Wednesday 31 May 2017

Stripped willow turns red

It's one of those unusual anomalies that sometimes happen. We know that boiling willow bark turns the fibres red but sometimes you don't even have to boil them.

I cut some willow recently as I need the bark and the wood

And as usual I stripped the bark carefully from the branch. Now in the past when I've done this there is often a red tinge taken by the wood surface as it dries but this time just overnight the change was remarkable

And here's a close up of where I scored the bark to take it from the branch

A lovely colour if only it stained the wood that colour permanently.

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