How to Make a Vermont Weather Stick

There's no need to travel to Vermont to get a heads up on the upcoming weather patterns. Making your own Vermont weather stick is incredibly easy. Whether for your friends or for your own home, your homemade Vermont weather stick will be a conversation piece for everyone who walks through the door. Follow the traditions of the American and Canadian Aboriginals and predict the weather before it's arrived [source: Ross]. Read the steps listed below and learn about how you can make your own Vermont weather stick.


  • 16 inch (40 centimeter) stick of balsam fir
  • Nails
  • Thin block of wood
  • Hammer

Here's what to do:

  1. Get a stick of balsam fir. You can either buy one at your local garden center, or if you live in an area that has naturally growing balsam firs, go for a hike. Look for a balsam fir sapling, and bring home a thin stick that's approximately 16 inches (40 centimeters) long [source: Ross].
  2. Strip the stick of its bark. You may find it easier to remove the bark if you soak the stick in water first.
  3. Allow the stick to dry thoroughly. The stick won't be able to indict weather patterns unless it's completely dry to its core.
  4. Nail one end of dry stick to a block of wood. This will be the base of the weather stick.
  5. Hang the Vermont weather stick outdoors, either near your front door or in the backyard.
  6. Watch your Vermont weather stick bend according to the weather patterns and pressure changes. You'll see that in moderate weather, the balsam fir will bend upward. In windy or rainy weather, the stick will bend down [source: Cutler].