This project will be to peel 2 live trees and put them up off the ground to dry. The trees must be at least 6" in diameter.
Peeling a tree is removing the bark and cambium layer of a tree after it is limbed to help it dry quicker and be ready for wood working. It is much easier when a tree is freshly cut and is green and wet.
This is easier on smaller trees and can possibly be done with a large knife. On larger trees, a draw knife can be used to help get it done quicker.
Green trees are especially easy to peel and carve. Green trees are also good for the sawmill.
This video shows a quick process of peeling a larger tree. A chainsaw can be used to cut the side branches flush with the main trunk. Then the draw knife is used to scrape off the bark and cambium layer.
This video shows the tools and another technique how you can literally peel a log with a spud tool if the bark and cambium come off easily, and it also shows the log lifted off the ground on smaller logs to dry after it has been peeled.
Be safe when using hand tools and using chainsaws, be aware of your surroundings, work at your own risk, and enjoy cutting stuff!
NOTE!: Do not cover the logs. The logs need air movement and sunlight.
To get certified for this BB, post the following pics.
- Your 2 trees before they are peeled, showing they are at least 6" in diameter at the fat end and over 16 feet long
- Your 2 trees after they are peeled and up off the ground
Ok, I got this one done (finally). I cut 4 tamarack trees to use for fence posts. The problem is that they grow in the swamp. So I got one to land in the yard but the rest were a sloggy, sloppy mess to get to. So I cut them to post length (7') and pulled them out to work on. I also didn't peel them right away so they sat for a month. They still peeled just ok, but bugs had started eating the bark so the bark didn't come off in nice sheets. They're stacked on big pallets in random order. I used a hemlock peeling spud to do all the work and I made a little stand to hold the smaller logs to save my back.
The logs on the left were sitting on the ground longer so the bugs ate them more. They were coincidentally also the heavier ones.