Morning comes and with it the question: Did the dye take? Sometimes it doesn’t. But today, Jim Long is in luck. The brown-dyed cane can be seen as soon as he removes the cover. He lifts out the cane and spreads it on the concrete of his driveway.

He will hose down the cane thoroughly to get rid of any grit that accumulates during the dyeing, then leaves it to dry. Long will then have some beautifully finished trips to cut into shorter pieces for his students’ weaving kits.