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Got up this morning and cut up some sticks that has been drying in the loft of my shed it has a tin ruff and it's hot up there. The first picture is privet hedge the second picture is horn beam I'm thinking I'm just going to leave the bark on them just to give them a different look.
 

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Never worked w. privet, but I have worked some harnbeam. Not common around here, I was lucky 2 find 2 sticks. Very dense hard wood. When cut, looks almost like ivory, but w. time becomes a pale beige color. I suspect the bark will take stain and other finishes, but neither stain or oil penetrates the bare wood very well. Tung oil just sat on top.

Being so strong, even a thin piece will support my weight without flexing at all. I think you'll enjoy working w. it.
 

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Careful with the heat, dry the wood too quickly and it can crack/check. Privet actually is a dense wood. Haven't made a full stick out of it, but have used it for some thumpers.
 

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Never worked w. privet, but I have worked some harnbeam. Not common around here, I was lucky 2 find 2 sticks. Very dense hard wood. When cut, looks almost like ivory, but w. time becomes a pale beige color. I suspect the bark will take stain and other finishes, but neither stain or oil penetrates the bare wood very well. Tung oil just sat on top.

Being so strong, even a thin piece will support my weight without flexing at all. I think you'll enjoy working w. it.
I got plenty of hornbeam and privet around here. Hornbeam grows along small streams and the privet grows along fields along the wood line.
 

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Look forward to seeing them when you get 'em done.
 

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I'm also looking forward to seeing the results! :)
 

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Mail three each to ME! I've never even heard of either of those woods much less attempted to make a cane from them.

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think it will depend on the species of wood you use. some woods will shed the bark when dry ,but think you will be okay with privet.

I am unfamiliar with the wood over the pond . would like to try some.

I never remove the bark of he shanks I use , but I use hazel mostly and once treated with a few coats of Danish oil they look good.
 
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