A willow wood gift from a spouse is a tradition for a ninth anniversary.
What is diamond willow, where can it be found, and what is the "diamond"
characteristic all about...??
What is Diamond Willow...?
Some Interesting Information About Diamond Willow Wood.
I make root wood frames, real barn wood frames, driftwood frames, and other rustic frames out of various types of repurposed wood. But the most popular (and my favorite) have always seemed to be the diamond willow wood frames. We have sold many a frame from diamond willow as a traditional 5th or 9th anniversary willow wood gift.
It is called "diamond willow" not because of its density or hardness (willow is not typically a very hard wood), as you might assume. Diamond willow trees are actually just willow trees that have been affected by a fungal growth. In response to this, the main stems and branches produce peculiar "diamond" shaped cankers, seemingly as a result of the the tree growing around, or away from, an affected area. This often seems to cause not only the cool diamond shapes in the surface of the wood, but crazy, bending growth behaviours in the stems and branches, themselves.
Of the six or so species of willow that are known to be particularly susceptible to "diamonding", the most common is Salix bebbiana, which is indigenous to Canada and the Northern US. I first discovered diamond willow in Southern Alberta, a few years ago. In Western Canada, it seems to be the most plentiful region, as far as I can tell. I have found it to grow quite sparsely further north in the province, and even found it in Southern BC, where I live, even though the consensis I had gathered suggested that it was not known to exist here, but mainly just in the Northern region of the province.
You have likely seen walking sticks carved out of diamond willow wood. The bark is removed, and the wood sanded smooth and lacquered. I had a friend who used to carve them, and other things. I accompanied him on a diamond willow harvesting excursion once, and when we had returned with the wood, I ran a piece through a table saw. That is when I discovered just how amazing this wood truly is! The irregularity of the grain patterns and colouring inside this wood can be just fantastic! You can find more in-depth information about diamond willow wood at Wikipedia.
We have sold many frames like these as a willow wood gift for a 5th or 9th anniversary.