Listen carefully to what any tree is trying to tell you, if it doesn’t feel right to take something from it then leave it alone. Always respect the trees, they will understand what you are trying to do. And always be thankful for anything which you do receive from them.
I agree David. In fact, I’ve made some things, including a staff, out of driftwood I found on the beach – that seemed like the most natural way of all to collect the branches and bits of wood I needed.