Saturday, May 8, 2010

Just thought I'd share...

Last week while looking for more twisted branches for the walking staffs and more firewood for my little camp area, I came across the biggest grapevine I have ever seen. It's about 50 feet from the top of my dads property line and almost directly in the center. I had Mike snap a picture with my cell phone, so it isn't the greatest quality, but you can at least see the size of this giant thing. Remember that in comparison, I stand 6'3" tall. It's hard to see in this picture, but it goes upward from me and turns almost completely horizontal (to my right) before going straight down into the ground. (where it's kinda hidden behind the brush and saplings) At the base, it's at least 10 inches in diameter. I've seen lots of big ones in those woods, but this one definitly takes the prize! WOW.




When we were there, I gathered a few more twisted pieces for staffs and then cut some others to make a display rack for at the flea market. It didn't take long to put together in the garage, though a few days later I added pegs along the top bar so they didn't fall over. If the staffs don't take off and sell well, at least we'll have an interesting garden tool holder, LOL.


5 comments:

Happy Days said...

Oh how neat that is!! Love the curlie wood. You are getting really good at creating things with the grape vines. Hope they sell well for you ...debbie

Jen said...

Those look really neat! I hope you sell them all. ~Jen

small farm girl said...

When I was younger, my family use to vacation in the mountains of PA. There were all kinds of grape vines that size where we camped. Us kids would go and swing and play on them. Seeing yours brought back many memories. Thank you. I like your holder. Really nice.

Anonymous said...

Wild grapes are edible so don't completly kill the vines.

Chris W said...

I'm really liking making things with those vines. It's a bit of a challenge but not too bad since I've found an easy way to twist them tight without breaking them.
Those vines are EVERYWHERE in the woods behing my dads place. I don't think there is an area of woods without any in the 1100 or so acres I have run of. In some areas they're so thick that they're choking out and killing trees. I don't feel bad at all cutting some here and there.
Yep, they're edible; but now they bear fruit high in the trees for the most part and the birds pick them off fast. Anything lower the deer get. I'd love to be able to pick grapes again like we did years ago but the wildlife has really gotten a taste for them and finding some untouched is almost impossible.

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