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  1. BlueDogScout

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    this thing...

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    That is a spiral. :D.

    It looks like a long strip of bark somebody took off a log with a draw knife.

    What is it excactly?
     
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    I dunno, naturally occurring. If I guess it right I get a bottle of wine lol
     
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    I’m going to say brick.

    It should be easier to see if you move the spiral off the top of it.
     
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    I would start with the smell test and see if you recognize said smell. If it smells bitter/ almost grassy I would say likely from a vine or flower type plant. If it smell sweet or “woody” then I would say bark off a tree such as eucalyptus or maple or Birch or Sycamore. It’s a little hard from the picture to tell if it’s bark or not thou.
     
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    Im glad im not the only wise guy here, that's exactly what I thought lol...
    What are some characteristics? Is it flexible, brittle, porous, dry, wet,etc?
     
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    Well thank you all for the help. It was sycamore bark. It was a quiz from a buddy. All I had was the photo. Winner got a bottle of his homemade strawberry wine. No one guessed it. You had to guess the right tree.
     
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    Better luck next time
     
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    @BlueDogScout SO I was close! :)
     
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    Sycamore is one of the most useless trees we have growing around here. Firewood sucks, lumber sucks and in the Spring the pollen from it really sucks.
     
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    I'll see your sycamore (which at least makes twigs you can start a fire with) and raise you freaking sweet gum trees. Talk about useless, and don't try to cook over it unless you want a fire that smells like something pee'd in it!
     
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    Only thing Sweet Gum is useful for is they make railroad ties out of them
     
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