Gordon Haverland wrote:I hadn't thought about Siberian larch. And (so far, with no time spent) you seem to be the only known source of seed. :-) I will look to see what is around.
Someone mentioned some kind of tree being harvested near Ft.Nelson, BC that was useful for some purpose in building houses. The only thing that came to mind was the native tamarack.
Thanks for the info.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:I have used a Brix meter for the last 30 years, I have never been able to get a separated reading for minerals (which would be those dissolved solids).
Since the refractometer was originally developed to read sugar content for the Brewing industry that's it's best, most reliable use.
If you want to try and read other things into that reading, be my guest, everyone's opinion has merit.
I use a spectrometer for determining most things, or a Gas Chromatograph, I do understand that very few people even have access to this sort of equipment.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:To all that are using Brix.
Brix measures the simple sugar content only, nothing else.
Robin Dyer wrote:SCA fighters use rattan fighting sticks during practice. I've seen many different sizes. Take a look at sca.org. There is probably a local group that could direct you to a source.
Glenn Ingram wrote:Another challenge here is to have the staff/blowgun be light enough to aim accurately as a blowgun without support yet strong enough to withstand contact as a staff. Have you thought about ratan like what is used in Kali? I know those are usually short sticks but I believe ratan has a relatively soft pith similar to elder that a drill bit could follow yet it is light and strong. I don't know if it comes in large enough diameters though and you would obviously have to order it from overseas. But it seems like an ideal material for your project being strong, light, and sort of hollow.