Hello, my name is Mark and I’ve recently found the need for me to have walking stick and cane for stability. I’ve enjoyed going into the Forrest and selecting various saplings and branches suitable for walking stick or canes. I have one I am working right now and it will have a ball on the top. It’s been difficult for me to identify what kind of wood I’m choosing since it’s winter time and there are no leaves to help identify. But this stick is a pretty hard wood and it doesn’t seem to take a stain like my others. Stick is sanded to 320-400 but the oil based stain just wipes right off without darkening much. It would help to know what wood it is but not sure, so are there just certain species of wood that don’t accept stain as well as others? Wonder if there is a particular stain or process to get it to have a darker appearance?