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Very difficult to tell from pictures but it sure looks like juniper...especially the shaggy bark. It makes for excellent sticks (color and character) and is my favorite to date.When I was in Utah they would do "controlled" burns in the forest and I'd select the juniper that had scorched bark because it was even prettier than the regular.

I finish mine with tung oil. FYI

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Tung oil was even used on "The Great Wall of China." Yes, it will darken the wood some but I've never seen that as a problem for me. It is a very forgiving finish, meaning the application is easy. I use a paste wax over the dried tung oil and really like it.

Tung oil, when dry, is considered non-toxic.

I never heard of marine tung oil and thanks for that tip, CV3. I was in a marine supply place today and they didn't have it but I did find it online. Will give it a try.

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