Last night I went out and cut some willow branches to practise cutting my whip and tongue grafts in front of the fire. Adding the tongue on these grafts makes it hold together by itself and will make tieing them much easier on the real thing. After a few cuts I really felt I had the feel for it and they were matching up quite well.
|Some practise grafts|
|Cutting the first cut (about and inch and a quarter long)|
|Adding a tongue to the cut (this was something we didn't do on "the course"). Careful when cutting towards yourself though!|
|Checking that they match up, making a relatively straight graft. You can just see the tongues meshing into each other.|
|The graft holding together on it's own due to the tongue.|