Since i got the new camp knife /bowie i have had a blast playing around in the back yard chopping wood and clearing brush. Today i chopped down a big branch that was going over the nieghbours fence and am making a walking stick from it. However i was wondering what would be the best wood to use for this that i could harvest from my local forest (Northern Boreal) and how best to ID and prepare it. As well what is the best season to harvest it? I know maple is an obvious choice but also Saskatoon. I would love to hear any other suggestions as well as what would be the best wood for different jobs? I also plan to harvest some birch bark this spring especially now that I have tried a Rosarms with the stacked birch handle. It makes an amazing light tactile and durable handle.