Rawhide is the standard and I will go that route. Guess I was
overthinking this. Love the second option but since I'm 66 I don't think
I have the time ;-). Although I did plant a couple of walnut trees today
to replace a blown over poplar in the back of the property. I did think
of the old Greek proverb - "A society is great when old men plant trees
under whose shade they will never relax".
Guess there is some hope for us yet.