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PITH Fishing Float Lure Craft Great Mullein Bobbers Fly Fishing Popping Bugs 6 Pieces - Verbascum thapsus

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Made in Norvelt, Pennsylvania

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Verbascum thapsus - Great Mullein or Common Mullein Pith for crafting fishing floats, lures and poppers etc. This listing is for 6 pieces approximately 6 inches in length. The thicknesses are variable but the photo shows the relative thicknesses of the pieces.

Some times the coloring is blondish and some times tending toward grayish. Just so you know that color can vary.

You have probably seen this plant many times and never noticed it.
Mullein grows in some of the worst ground you can imagine. Walk along a railroad track and it probably is growing in the cinders alongside ( photos 2 and 3 ).
Barren hillsides are another common place.
My favorite place to get it is old abandoned rail lines.

Generally, November and December is a good time to gather it - if you are after the pith.
Also, if the plant is big specimen, you can gather some in February and March of the following year.
This pith was harvested mid September this year.

Anyway, the pith inside Great Mullein / Common Mullein is very similar to elderberry pith. However, mullein pith has a couple of benefits that elderberry pith does not have - circumference and easier to get out of the stem.

You can get nice thick pieces of mullein pith for making nice big lures, floats and/or popping bugs. Photo 5 shows the inside of the stem, ready for harvest.

Six inch lengths of mullein pith weigh nothing. If you add 6 of them together the weight of them all is just a bit more - ' next to nothing'.

Custom orders are always welcome.

    Average review
    Great stuff, prompt shipment. These will make a great addition to my angling display and for use in float making.
    Jul 18, 2016 by bushclippr

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Preparation takes 1-2 business days
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Shipping costs is something that can't be gotten away with. The carriers just do not deliver anything for free. If you see some item being sold with 'Free Shipping'
- it's not really !
Someone is paying it.
Either the item cost is higher or the seller is losing money.
Someone is paying that shipping.
That said, there is a way to save on shipping cost. That is to 'combine items' into one package. You can ask beforehand what the shipping will be for various orders. All I need is a zip code to figure it out.
Taking advantage of 'flat rate' boxes is another way.

Buying 'just one item' often results in the highest shipping cost. Packing that item with another can often totally eliminate a second item's shipping cost.
Ask me.

For example, a quart bag of wood shavings cost's $3.30 to send First Class.
If packed with 1 Lb. of wood splits, which is packed in a Flat Rate envelope with a mailing cost of $6.50, the quart of shavings can be included in that envelope AT NO COST.
That saves $3.30.
That is 'Free Shipping".
That is just one example. There are lot's of possibilities.
Ask me.

Best thing to do if contemplating a purchase of a few items is to contact me and ask for options to shipping charges and i'll try figuring alternatives. I can make a 'custom order'.
The worst that can happen to you is that you won't be agreeable to the prices. BUT, you could end up saving plenty of bucks. I saved one lady over $25.00 for a huge purchase of pine cones.

I use USPS for shipping.
First Class, Priority 'Flat Rate' and First Class Mail are preferred options for me - depending on item weight.
If the item shipping weight is 16 ounces or less more than likely it will go First Class.
Priority Mail has options of 'Flat Rate Priority' and just 'Priority Mail'. I'll use whichever is less.

If you prefer another shipping method contact me and let me know.

I do ship internationally - but only on request. Usually it will involve a 'custom order' because shipping cost will need to be figured out.

Questions can be addressed to:
silysavg [/at/]
My name is Mike


I accept several forms of payment in addition to online payments via Paypal and Amazon Payments.

I also accept Bitcoin through If you wish to use your bitcoin cyber-currency let me know.

I do not however accept personal checks.

If you prefer to send a payment in the mail, such as a Postal money order,
cashier's check, cash, unused U.S. Postage stamps, or silver coin (1964 or prior ),
please send to:
M. Sillett
111 Carnation Court
Mt. Pleasant, Pa. 15666

Let me know when you mail it so I can go to the Post Office and check it's arrival.

I am accepting 'Silver' coin at an exchange rate of .10 cents = $1.40 { 1 : 14 }.
A dime can you get you some good stuff. A quarter even better !

For 'Mail In' payments there is a deadline. You should be able to get the payment to me by 10 days.

For 'On-Line' payments payment should be completed by 3 days.

Returns & exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Additional return information
Refunds are not accepted unless I send you the incorrect item.
I describe honestly. I photograph honestly. I pack safely.

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If you purchase a product from me I expect feedback - whatever is deserved / appropriate. Please do not try purchasing again, or ask for a Custom Order, if no prior feedback has been provided.

Q -- Do you mail orders on Saturday?

A -- Hardly ever.
I usually go away somewhere on weekends - starting Friday night.
Or, I'm out late Fridays - camping, fishing, etc and sleep in on Saturdays.

Q -- Your listings of meat smoking woods show many different ways that the wood was cut.
I see shavings, shards, splits, slivers and chunks and discs. The shards and splits look pretty much alike as do slivers and chunks. Can you explain the differences?

A -- Slivers are chunks that are sliced a few times to make more pieces of wood from a chunk. Where a chunk provides 1 small piece of wood to the smoking fire, that same chunk when sliced into slivers, provides 2 to 4 slivers or more.
Some people like the convenience and control in the use of slivers for smaller smokers.

Shards and splits are almost the same except that shards are the result of a split that did not make it the full length of 8 1/4 inches, which is the length I like so I can pack a lot of splits neatly in the width of a medium size ' Flat Rate ' Priority Mail mailing box.
Shards, being various lengths short of 8 1/4 inches, just don't look as uniform.

Q -- I do not see sawdust for sale. Is that an option?

A -- It is sold 'by request' for custom orders, like shust is.
I do all my wood processing with hand tools. I do not have a big operation so there is not a lot of sawdust. I'm just an old guy that likes working with green wood. However, some times I will have extra sawdust or shust because I produced more than the custom order needed. In that case I'll list the extra for sale.

Q - Shust? What's that? I looked it up and could not find anything.

A - It is a fabricated word made up by me - silysavg.
Pronounced to sound like dust, it is a noun defined as the product of attempting to make 'shavings' from a seasoned piece of really hard wood - such as pear.
Instead of getting nice shavings you end up with such small shavings that they are almost in the ilk of sawdust. Hence, SH + UST - - - shust.
Using a shaving horse and a drawknife on well seasoned pear wood in trying to get shavings is frustrating. It's almost as hard as trying to cut shavings from a thick glass rod.
It's a P.I.T.A. ( pain in the - - - - a - - - - arm ).

Q - What is a Sprig?

A - Sprigs are the terminal ends to twigs. They are those little end pieces you see at the tip of a twig or attached to the side of a branch or twig. When the tree is in it's active growth phase during spring and summer the sprigs sprout and you will either see leaves or blossoms.
If leaves sprout then there are the makings of an additional twig that may grow up an become a limb.
If blossom sprout then there are the makings of a piece of fruit or two ( apples, peaches, etc. ).
Anyway, SPRIGS can be very high in nutrients for browsing animals such as chinchilla's, bunnies and deer.

Q -- Why do some listings differentiate between 'heartwood' and 'sapwood' ?

A -- First, some aficionados of 'smoking' beef, poultry, fish and pork have preferences. Some like to add some sapwood to their fires or make a blend of woods since the sapwood carries the majority of the flavors.
Second, in the processing of some of the wood if I observe a presence of powder post beetle larvae and/or their powdery tunnels I choose not to make any of the sapwood a part of the smoking wood I list.
Finally, if there is any infiltration of infection from fungi ( spalting ) it will be apparent in the sapwood during the debarking or shaving processes.
Spalted wood is wood that is dead, dying or stressed. Mostly it is dead or dying.
Some people are allergic to fungi.
Plus once the wood has been taken over by mushroom mycelium much of what made that wood a special flavor has probably been lost.

Q -- Why is almost all the smoking wood you sell ' no bark' ?

A -- My opinion is that the bark is the dirtiest part of the tree. It is the first protective layer and therefore at the forefront against all attackers. Be it pollution, dirty rain, insects, pooping birds and other animals, animal chewing and scenting ( peeing on or rubbing scent glands on ), insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, fertilizers, etc., etc.
Some bark harbors lichen growth on it's scaly surface. Some lichen is toxic.
Some bark also has mushroom mycelium growth intertwined in it's structure. You can't identify the mushroom species by it's mycelium. Some mushrooms are toxic.
I believe that all that crap is not good. Just my opinion.

The only thing worse than having 'bark on' for smoking meat is using 'orchard wood'.
All those chemicals used by orchards not only get in the bark but are taken up in the sapwood of the tree through it's roots.

Some of that stuff of course gets 'washed off' but just as much gets 'washed on'.
I don't know whats worse so I remove it - soon after I harvest the limb, branch or trunk.
Anyway, and also, I am after the wood for my woodworking projects so I have no use for bark.

Q -- Where do you get the wood that provides the listings for meat smoking?

A -- I have a little more than 7 acres of wooded hillside that has been left alone since 1965. It harbors a little of everything that tends to grow in western Pennsylvania.