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I began yesterday attempting to remove the bark from this potential cane shank and it's tough. The bark is paper thin but very "tight" - there are distinguishing vertical stripes and "dots" or "specks" from end-to-end and very sturdy, not a wobble in it anywhere.

I'm not even certain when or where I got this stick - whether it's native to TN or IL - so I'm really stuck.

IF all else fails I'm naming it a silver maple - and 20 years from now, who will know the difference, right?

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Any suggestions?

-neb
 

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Looked around, and what it most seems to resemble is Striped Maple, aka snake bark, or moosewood. But then I found a range map, and it isn't native to either IL or TN. I did find some silver maple branches that look a little like that, so maybe.

I was looking over my stock yesterday. I didn't bother to ID much when I started. I've got maybe a dozen sticks debarked, and have only the vaguest idea what some might be. As long as the wood is sturdy, and the grip feels good in my hand, I'm happy.
 

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I have never seen or used silver maple. If it is like other maples it is good to work with.
 

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Leaving the bark on is another option if it's not too blemished. The British do wth their sticks all the time. A little late for this one though.

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