No problem, Mitch. It will most likely be the the first Saturday in February. I hit the swamps at 7am west of St. Rose. Weather permitting. I won't be out there if it is going to rain, or if the expected high for the day is lower than 45 degrees.
Be warned, I'm definitely going to be video taping this. So I might be an hour-and-a-half getting this one tree. I figure 30 minutes setting up the cameras and microphones, 20 minutes digging and explaining as I dig, and another half-hour getting the camera equipment put away. I've decided to make this kind of an instructional video.
Be sure to check my articles on the site where I explain what you should have when it comes to gear.
Hell yea I'm ready to roll! Just let me know when and I'll be there! I have been chomping at the bit to do some collecting! Coming from a life long outdoors person I don't like fighting mother nature, low temps, rain is a no go fo dis guy!
[color=#408000]Bill That tree looks like it has tremendous potential. BUT - if you collect it - please reconsider the craving you are thinking about doing. To do that type of carving to this tree would be a sacrilege! Nature has designed that base and I can't see your plan improving on it. I would only use that technique on a base with no character; one that needs improvement; or maybe one that already has some dead wood. Just my humble opinion. Kirk[/color]