Collection: Straightening the Withes

Straightening the withes is accomplished by removing as much of the sap from the withes as possible by squeezing them along their length, from the thick end to the thin end. It should be noted that withes are best collected when the sap is running, as the bark is easier to remove and the withes are generally more flexible. When withes are collected out of season, there is a great deal more difficulty in removing the bark.


(71.3 KB)Pulling withes through a split stick to remove bark and excess sap.
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