Welcome to the Woodcarving Illustrated Message Board, an online wood carving forum community where you can join thousands of carvers from around the world discussing all things related to carving. To gain full access to the message board you must register for a free account. As a registered member you will be able to:
  • Browse over 90,000 posts.
  • Communicate privately with other carvers from around the world.
  • Post your own photos or view from 3,500 user submitted images.
  • Gain access to exclusive wood carving promotions offered by Wood Carving Illustrated and Fox Chapel Publishing.
All this and much more is available to you absolutely free when you register for an account, so sign up today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact the Woodcarving Illustrated Message Board's Support Team.

Go Back   Woodcarving Illustrated Message Board > Members and Magazines > Author questions
Connect with Facebook

Nicholas Woodcarving
Author questions

Share Thread:
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-14-2005, 08:39 PM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 97
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Default The Star in the Cottonwood Tree

Inside each cottonwood branch is a little star. If you cut a 3/4" branch from a cottonwood tree with a saw, you will find a little star in the center of that branch. According to Native American legend, a curious little star once hid in the cottonwood tree so it could always be near the people on Earth and listen to their beautiful music, the laughter and the kind words they say to one another.

I always find that some of the Native stories are quite interesting. They talk about where I grew up as a boy in Washburn, ND which is about seven miles down the Missouri River from Ft. Mandan. For you history buffs, this is where Lewis and Clark spent their first winter on their journey. The cottonwoods provided them with a fort and firewood and large logs for their dugout canoes that the Mandan and Hidatsa people helped them build. The trees offered places to hunt and fish for food. The young branches and tender bark provided feed for the horse and medicine for the people. The branches from the cottonwoods were used for fires that kept them warm and cooked their food.

I find it quite interesting that today there is still a small grove just south of Washburn that has some 250 to 350 year old cottonwood trees in it. These trees were growing at the time that Lewis and Clark with in North Dakota. I do gather bark out in that general area occasionally. If you're ever out that way, make sure to stop at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn and you will see a large cottonwood log canoe and it has rather large bark on the unfinished portions of it.

On Lewis and Clark's journey West, they also encountered the Yellowstone River in Montana and explored that. There's alot of cottonwood in that area as well. It's my opinion that the cottonwoods contributed much to the success of the expedition.

Rick Jensen a.k.a. Bark Boy
Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2005, 12:32 PM
Thor's Avatar
Super Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Dahlonega, Georgia
Posts: 3,437
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Default Re: The Star in the Cottonwood Tree

Very nice read.
Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2005, 06:54 PM
Mottles's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Prescott Valley, Arizona
Posts: 5,739
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Re: The Star in the Cottonwood Tree

Hi Rick, I agree a very nice read indeed. Very near my home is a large stand of cottonwood trees. I've been meaning to go gleen some fallen braches to carve woodspirits. The Hopi and Navajo here in Arizona create Kachinas from the cottonwood root.
Merry Christmas,

My WCI Carver Gallery Images
The Flute Portal

Back Roads and Tall Trees
Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2005, 08:04 PM
Hugh's Avatar
Super Moderator
Join Date: Dec 1969
Location: New Brunswick Canada
Posts: 804
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Send a message via ICQ to Hugh Send a message via MSN to Hugh Send a message via Skype™ to Hugh
Default Re: The Star in the Cottonwood Tree

Test for posting
EMAIL: woodduck@nb.sympatico.ca
& If you meet me and forget me you have lost nothing, If you meet Christ and forget Him, you have lost everything. Thumbs Up
Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2005, 08:29 PM
Nancy-G's Avatar
Super Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: East-central Missouri
Posts: 3,409
Thanks: 404
Thanked 53 Times in 39 Posts
Default Re: The Star in the Cottonwood Tree

Rick Jensen -- I remember those North Dakota days. Weren't they BEFORE Lewis and Clark? I learned to carve in North Dakota.

Nancy Goff
Triumph is umph added to try
Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2005, 08:42 PM
Hi_Ho_Sliver's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 1969
Location: Arizona
Posts: 11,172
Thanks: 4
Thanked 21 Times in 20 Posts
Default Re: The Star in the Cottonwood Tree

test..... hummm must be your settings Kathy, I didn't have any trouble posting here?
Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2005, 03:28 AM
Lindy's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Sunshine Coast BC Canada
Posts: 603
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: The Star in the Cottonwood Tree

Thank you for sharing that! Cottonwood Bark is quickly becoming one of my favourites to carve.
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
8 pointed star, and 12 pointed star project on youtube for carving groups,, carverswoodshop Online Wood Carving Classes 1 04-30-2011 06:05 PM
Cottonwood Bark Tree House koverca Carving in Found Wood 13 08-15-2010 06:47 PM
folk art Star & Xmas tree Pattern bckskin2 General Wood Carving 2 07-20-2009 10:43 PM
Cottonwood bark Gnome Tree house Don by the lake New Projects and Works in Progress (WIP) 3 02-26-2006 11:32 PM
Cottonwood tree Guest Carving Wood & Materials 2 08-06-2004 05:25 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:26 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2000 - 2010 Fox Chapel Publishing Co., Woodcarving Illustrated

SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2