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I bought an odd lot of canes/walking sticks at auction and this was among them. When I first saw the pic I thought it was a plastic molded novelty but it is wood, and a very odd wood I think. It is very stiff and hard, slightly flattened, and deeply ridged. It seems to me I have seen something like it before but not sure where. I thought maybe I would just use the shaft for some other project but the more I look at it the more I think of it as actual folk art. Any thoughts on the type of wood anyone?
 

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I love the texture of the shank. I don't have a clue on species. I'm thinking it may be some sort of vine. Just a guess.

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Not a clue on wood type but it is a very apropos piece to be using this next week. l like it
 

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Looks similar to hornbeam,but I'm not sure what it is.
 

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Great looking shaft! I wish I did know what the wood is. I would love to get a few sticks.
 

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Looks similar to hornbeam,but I'm not sure what it is.
I have read several places on line that the fungus that creates the diamonds in diamond willow also attacks hornbeam so maybe that is a possibility. I have been unable to find a picture of what it does to hornbeam though.Being so close to Halloween I couldn't resist adding it to my collecftion.
 

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Mystery solved, and it's Rodney for the win. I found a company in Ca. that sells sticks like this, minus the skull and they are made from Napa valley grape vine. Never would have suspected that grape vine would cure to be so stiff and hard. Just goes to show, stick material is everywhere if ya look.
 
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