4. Sand paper (medium and fine grain) 5. Mildew remover 6. Stain 7. Sealant (linseed oil) 8. Applicator sponge 9. Lint-free cloth
Hardware + Tools:
10. Rigid two Hole Strap (1/2-inch) + two screws 11. Double point staples (9/16-inch, black) 12. Pilers 13. Screwdriver 14. Hammer
Examine Your Branch
The challenge to using foraged wood is repairing any damage from wind or rain. I took it home and examined it for any mildew or decay. I removed the moss, mud, and bark with a sponge and warm water. It looked healthy, but I consulted an arborist who suggested I thoroughly dry the wood to be sure. After a couple hours by an open oven, the wood was dry and ready for sanding.