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Posted by W. J. Liles on Saturday, 3 July 2010, at 8:47 p.m., in response to Re: Lubes, posted by Ken on Friday, 2 July 2010, at 10:50 a.m.
Bayberry is a plant native to North America. The seeds are coated with a wax like substance - Bayberry wax or tallow. It is rather laborious to extract and therefore in rather low supply and relatively expensive. Apparently the arsenal thought it superior even to Japan wax but could not secure a sufficient supply. Candle supply houses will have some, but it may not be the same as the Native wax. If you have bayberry in your neighborhood strip the seeds and boil and filter to separate the tallow.
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