Over the decades, I have collected  interesting pieces of wood from my 55 acres in northern Michigan. How do  I decide what to pick up and what to leave? How do I know when it is time for a log or a limb to be harvested?   How do I figure out what to do with it when it’s aged enough to be worked with?  Look at the photo above.  This ash tree uprooted a couple of years ago, and is hung up in neighboring trees.  It may be a few years more before it finally comes down.  In the meantime, the wood is changing;  drying out, getting wormy, decaying………….all of which give it the character I love to work with.  Only after I get some of it cut up will I have the slightest idea what to do.  And it might be a lot of years before that happens.