it's everywhere around me.
Agreed there's plenty of blackthorn around, but most of it near me (south of the river) tends to be too bushy with very few 'unbranched' stems of sufficient length, whereas good hazel
grows like a weed !!
IMO people only use hazel because they can't straighten sticks
ooh that hurt, - probably because there's a grain of truth in it ! Don't run away with the idea that hazel needs no straightening though. That's what I think when I cut them, but by the time they've seasoned they've usually...
Sorry Baguio, have to disagree about hazel. It's my stick of choice, and I've not known one ever break. I've only made forty or fifty admittedly, but I've never heard a user report a failure, and my own have endured some pretty strenuous punishment over half a lifetime.
Heym, don't you think you're getting just a bit obsessive about all this ? I really can't be bothered to argue the case for Brexit, (for me it was never about economic gain or loss so there's nothing I could say that would convince you), and anyway it's happened now. All the arguing in the...