Yesterday I went out and got some dowling to start making trees for the forest of my layout. I have made many kinds before and they come out pretty good. After I cut the dowling down to an HO scale I will chuck it in a drill and taper it using course sandpaper, then score the sides with teeth from a sawblade. next is drilling for branches. I at first thought to use round toothpicks for branches gluing foam on it as I have done before but I had a thought. These trees will be Sequoia and Redwood and I would like crookity branches so I am thinking to get some fake fern from Michael's. They have some really real looking stuff made for flower arranging. There is a type that has real fine pointy leaves and looks a lot like the real leaves and branches of evergreen trees if you cut and use the smaller ones. Lastly I will use ink and stain to finish the trunks. What do you think of using the fern. If you have seen it it could easly pass for evergreen. I have a lot of trees to make so it may be to much hassel. Anyone come up with better idea for these trees? I have looked at many plastic, cast metal and other kinds but I always seem to come back to making them from scratch. The cast metal are pretty good though.