I have a river running through my backyard and I found a cool piece of driftwood. My question is can I use it or should I just buy one at the lfs? I plan on cleaning it and boiling it. Is it safe to use?
No need to spend money for a piece that won't look as good as the natural one you get outside for nothing. Just rinse it well with the pressure nozzle attached to the garden hose and leave it out in the sun for a few hours. The sun will sterilize the piece for you. Boiling is extra work that's unnecessary and softens the wood fibers. A boiled piece of driftwood will come apart much sooner than if you don't boil it.
Hey Alison! There's a mix of pines and maple and the kind that have long branches that you can grab and swing with. Not sure what tree it came from there is no oder coming from it. It's really thin and small.
Does it need to be in water or soil? Or can I just be from a tree that's been down like a year?Agreed, but first you need the right kind of wood...