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I found this stick laying on the ground beneath a local sugar maple tree with clearly defined sap markings. Unlike many of the canes I've made I have ZERO attachment therefore will probably attempt to sell it and give the money to our church food pantry fund.

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Another nice one, all I ever found here in Alabama is Red Maple I got some drying now.
 
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DUNNO! But in these more than 80 canes there are some that I'm really "taken by" - am amazed each time I sand away another section or layer and that did not happen with this one. That's all I can say

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But THIS stick really rocks my boat. It's American Elm - hope to finish it this weekend. FINAL pics will be posted when finished.
 

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Yes, I can see that - the sugar maple has no where near the character of the elm. You love the grain, colorations and life story told in the wood that only a "rustic" stick can tell. It takes a special eye to have that appreciation (it's one I share).
 

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Neb you sure that's American Elm? Not Slippery or Chinese Elm? American Elm, around here in NW Indiana anyway has been pretty much wiped out by Dutch Elm Disease. Regardless of what elm it will be great looking piece
 

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80-90% of this tree is DEAD! And has been for several years...I'm expecting someone to take it down so am watching for fallen branches. I'd love to have 4-5 more. One of the lower limbs, 100% free of bark, has the same girth as me - approx. I do not want to be standing under it when it comes down.

It's sunny now but 2-6" that white stuff (a four letter word) is predicted for next 24-48 hours. Therefore I NEED to get over there soon.

Thanx guys and stay tuned.

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You may not be in love with the maple but it's still a nice looking stick and will make someone happy.

That elm has a lot of character. I can see the attraction.

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Here's a pic of that dying American Elm - taken yesterday (fri 11/20) a.m. As you can see many of the branches/limbs are GONE - truly sad but it is producing some nice cane shanks for me.

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