Given the original/best wood for tenkara nets is the "kaya" tree, which is only found in Japan and rare, we'll likely be looking for alternative woods to be used.
I am investigating the very common Manzanita trees here in California, if I can find appropriate branches, I think these would make gorgeous nets. There is also the Pacific Yew, which is a relative of the kaya.
Chris just turned me on to a relative of the kaya tree, the California Torreya, which seems to have a lot of potential: http://www.nearctica.com/trees/conifer/taxus/Tcalif.htm
. I will look further into this wood, and hope it will have appropriate branches. But it does look good, though it's a bit rare too. Reading more about it, it grows by mountain streams! Great! And, native americans used to make bows with them!!!
Suggestions for woods?
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