The beech tree is noted for its smooth bark, often carved into:
Sadly, the great majority of them in this part of the country have bark disease which renders them practically unrecognizable, and eventually kills them
It’s apparently been around for a long time, and started up north.
On a brighter note, the bark of the ironwood (also known as muscle wood or blue beech) is quite beautiful. It has a unique texture and feels like bulging muscles.
Also beautiful is the bark of the yellow birch
Kev, how long would it take for someone to carve their initials in a beech tree?
Not long, the wood isn’t that hard.