I'm still around. I just returned home from my yearly Canada trip. I didn't really prepare before going up this year but while walking the woods looking for chantrelles, I began experimenting with harvesting spruce root. I gathered several strands about eight feet long each, removed the sheath, and split them. I used a couple of strands and practiced working with them. I have the others coiled up and stored at the cabin. I plan to heat up one of the strands next year and see how workeable it becomes. The sample bark I gathered a couple of years ago is just as pliable today as it was when I pulled it from the tree. It sits on my desk at work along side one of the spruce roots I brought home. I think next summer I will look into splitting and working with cedar.