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So far, I've had mixed results w. bark remnants. All stained, and varnished. Some remains intact, but I've had beach crack and separate from the wood, and the varnish on the sycamore all bubbled after several months. I suppose that is because sycamore bark is rather spongy, and there was air trapped in the bark.

I've ebonized a piece of oak and some maple. Although oak is rather high in tannin, I didn't get good darkening from just the iron acetate solution. I tried a was of strong black tea. That helped. I hit on the idea of using carbernet sauvignon wine, which is quite high in tannin. 4 washes of that (making a nice purple stick) followed by 3 washes of the iron acetate, and the oak was quite close to black. The maple looked more like a dark walnut color.
 
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