October 28, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Note: this is a field trip class
Learn how to identify the willow known as “diamond willow” in the wild! We will learn where willow grows, how to recognize it, and what to look for when harvesting willow. This is a field course, so come dressed for weather, wear rubber boots if possible, and bring work gloves if you have them.
We won’t do too much walking, but you should be OK with a bit of navigating through brush and ditches. We will try to stay close to the road, but often the best specimens are a bit back in the bush.
We will also learn how to peel the willow sticks, so you will go home with a stick that is ready to dry.
Instruction on how to find diamond willow in the field, and you’ll go home with a peeled willow stick that can be dried and finished to make a diamond willow walking stick
No special experience necessary.
Best for Ages…
13 and up
You should bring…
Work gloves, rubber boots, pruning saw (optional), small sharp knife for peeling (optional)
This class will take place just north of Island Lake. We’ll meet at a central location in Duluth, and caravan together. Specific transportation instructions will be sent to registered participants a few days before class. The instructor has a six-passenger van, so several people can carpool with him.