I did a little budding and chipping today and things went well enough, but some of the stock was fairly thin and fairly thin-skinned (i.e., the caliper of the wood to which I was grafting was thin and the bark delicate and given to tearing and splitting) and I decided to try removing the wood from the bud before inserting it. I managed, but it was clumsy and I wonder if there are any tips that would help.
I suppose that making sure the budstick was well-hydrated would be helpful- I don't think this was. Anything else the more experienced can suggest?
By the way, when chipping with too-small stock it seems helpful to pre-wrap a little of it with parafilm and then use the parafilm to hold the tail of the bud in place while aligning the rest of it. It's nice to be able to pull a wrap of tape over the chip and then tweak it a bit as you snug it down.
Comments, suggestions and advice eagery anticipated! Thanks.