Natural crooked wood
Crooked trees are preferred when working with bent forms. When taking advantage of the tree’s natural shape and fiber direction you save time and gain lot of strength.
Use of crooked wood was common practice in the old days, for cart- and sled shafts, sled runners, handles and horse harness parts. The strongest spoons and ladles were made from crooked trees or branches. The blank was split along the pith and the spoon bowl and handle carefully designed to follow the fibers. One also bent young trees to desired shape for cutting later. Most craftsmen today choose their materials with great care and uses natural crooked wood when possible.