Each spring I set aside an afternoon, or two, for clipping birch. With these flexible twigs, I design bases to use in wreaths, arches, swags, and baskets. On warm sunny days, I prefer working in the forest wrapping the sticks into shapes while enjoying the song of birds and the hum of bees. When the buds start pushing, the window for gathering closes quickly.  Below are more photos of my birch supply.

Wildcrafting is good exercise and immensely rewarding. It can evoke a sense of freedom by being outdoors.  Gathering is a privilege never to be taken for granted.