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dstaley

Posted - 2009 December 28 :  01:18:44 AM  Show Profile
Hey guys,
Why on earth isn't there a lower cost supplier for sagebrush?

Scenic Express gets about $2.50 per tree worth of sagebrush (NOT including any ground foam or other materials, just the "armature") and other online suppliers are even higher than that, at least the ones I found.

Isn't this stuff incredibly plentiful in some parts of the country? We have none of it here in Illinois.
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rick marcroft

Posted - 2009 December 28 :  02:34:01 AM  Show Profile
the stuff grows like topsy out here

i dont know if it is the exact species that scenic express uses, but there is no shortage of nice armatures to be plucked from my back yard

but yeah..the price i see quoted is amazing

here's one of my first stabs at tree-making




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dean

Posted - 2009 December 28 :  08:31:44 AM  Show Profile
Rick, as you have demonstrated the use of sage brush is an excellent source for realistic looking trees. There are other natural products, i.e. weeds for making trees that can be found in overgrow fields of weeds, heck even in your own back yard.

I will relate a somewhat humorous story here, years ago, a good friend of mine, Steve, and I were making some “trees” and we needed some more raw material. Steve a week prior had found a great source for these “weeds” found along a RR right-of-way located behind some apartment complexes. Well we headed out to this location for more scenic material. Anyway, we had a number of the brown paper grocery bags we were using to carry our “harvested” trees in. As we were returning to the car, there were a couple of police officers there waiting for our return. They inquired as to what we were doing and what was in the bags we were carrying. Well…..needless to say my friend Steve explained to the officers what we were doing, and in fact he had a piece of Styrofoam on the back of the car with some already made trees, described how we were making them and that these were going to be used for a model railroad. The officers explained to us there was an anonymous phone call placed about some suspicious individuals “harvesting” weeds in a field. They were quite amazed as to what we were doing, what we were doing and commented they now have seen everything and sent us on our way.


dean

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basementdweller

Posted - 2009 December 28 :  1:12:58 PM  Show Profile
Dean, that is great.
That is a great looking tree.


It's all scenery.

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dean

Posted - 2009 December 29 :  2:37:51 PM  Show Profile
For sagebrush, a friend of mine lived in southern Idaho and he shipped me several boxes of the stuff to use, cant beat nautral material for making realistic trees.

dean

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dstaley

Posted - 2010 January 06 :  8:47:18 PM  Show Profile
That would be awesome. A person could make a nice bit of income by just selling boxes of the stuff.

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navarch2

Posted - 2010 January 09 :  8:53:23 PM  Show Profile  Visit navarch2's Homepage
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Originally posted by dstaley

That would be awesome. A person could make a nice bit of income by just selling boxes of the stuff.




....ergo...the Woodland Scenics business model....


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