I picked up two sticks off the ground yesterday in the same general area so they may both be from the same tree, a sugar maple. They both have these spots - I'm color blind, so I'm guessing they are gray.
Good grief, I can't speil eather.
Can anyone here identify what this is and and suggestions other than chipping away with my hand chisels.
Yup. Lichen. If you go over it very lightly with steel wool just enough to knock the loose stuff off and seal the bark with shellac it adds a lot of interest to the bark. My hazel shanked cane has a bunch on it.
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