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My brother has sent me several potential cane shanks and some of them are still "green."

a... Patience has never been one of my strong suites.

b... I'm 81 so am day-to-day - (but aren't we all?)

After sanding most of the bark outer layers away and down to the underbark and "no bark" what would happen if I applied the stain here and now?

It would be next to impossible to do a "test" run on this beauty.

Next to it is the proposed "handle" - already stained dark.

Thanx

-neb
 

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If you apply the stain while the stick is still drying it may slow the curing time even more. Also there is some shrinkage as the stink drys and if you attach the handle now your could end up with w wobbly and unsafe handle as it dries. That is a fine looking stick.
 
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I, honestly, had not thought about the wobbly handle issue....would not want that to happen.

So thank you

-neb

ps - I 100% agree . . . the more I work with these Japanese Honeysuckle Vines the more impressed I am. I need to begin another subject/post.
 

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We have this despicable vine in WV too. On the wooded lots of my property they grow so thick up in the top of trees they will eventually break the tops off.

But we also have another Japanese invader called the Japanese Bittersweet that is even worse and grows to the size of your arm at the base. I have found no way to get rid of either of them. The honeysuckle does make nice curly sticks though. The one here I've had standing in the corner for 20 years, some day I'll finish it, maybe.
 

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