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Squaw wood

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Squaw wood rate
(Expression) In western Canada, this refers to pencil-thick (and thinner) branches on the bottom trunk of a spruce tree or other conifer. It stays dry even in rainy weather, is easy to snap off and gather by hand, and makes excellent tinder for starting a fire.
Usage: A fist-full of squaw wood makes a good fire-starter if you have only one match.

squaw wood rate
(Noun) Dead dry wood wood on the trunks of conifers often many feet high, up to 5-6 inches around. usually barkless; and sometimes a rope is thrown around the branch to bring it down. Great for kindling and small cook fires.
Usage: Break off some of those dead branches up on the trunk of that white pine, and snap them into foot and a half long pieces. We used to call that squaw wood until the squaws got angry. Now we call it Native American Indian woman wood!

Squaw wood rate
(Noun) it's the wood that a woman can carry easily. Usually it's about the size of a man's wrist and maybe anywhere from a foot to a foot and a half long.
Usage: ''The next time your cutting wood and you run across a piece of squaw wood about 2 feet long get it for me would you? I need a good straight piece to make me a new war bow.''


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