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Our native birch in this area of NW Indiana is the river birch and to a lesser extent the paper or white birch. We have several of the river birch growing on our property. The peeling bark and golden yellow leaves in fall make for a pretty tree in the landscape.

I have made 2 sticks with river birch. Makes a decent stick, sands, stains and finishes well, though it is a bit hard to carve as the wood has a tendency to chip much like white pine as it is a bit brittle.

One of these years we need to take the RV up to New England for the fall colors and maybe I can snag a piece or two of your yellow birch!
 
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