I have recently debarked 18" spruce logs I plan to use for a basic pole barn (cut down in late winter) Debarking was no problem, and was done within 2 weeks of cutting down, but the logs are quite green so the cambium layer is not easily removed (slimy and dosent shave off). Am I able to leave the cambium on and let them season for the summer, then drawknife the dried cambium layer off then? I see in log home construction they remove the cambium after general debarking but they dont specify how long the logs are left to season in between. Insects and rot are my primary concern, not so much the look of the log. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
I don't know about general practice in removing cambium, but debarking is the big thing. I don't think leaving cambium on while drying will have a major effect as long as the logs are off the ground.
Another question is, how thick is the cambium layer and what does it attach to more firmly? As far as I can tell, it is very thin, hardly measurable by eye, and is more connected to the bark, and in my experience comes off with the bark.
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