THE ART OF VIRGINIA WOOD LICKING
David Wright comes from a long line of Virginia wood lickers. Wood licking dates back to the late 1700’s, and it’s believed early settlers learned this practice from the Native Americans. Master Virginia wood lickers rode the line between shaman and soothsayer, and for a brief period were more popular than the town blacksmith. They could predict the weather, crop futures, and even contact the spirit world. David claims to be pretty good at it and says, “It’s a fun party stunt.” But like many things David and fellow Virginian and Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman have in common, Ryan is much better at it.