"De-Barking a Cherry Slab" --by RusticWoodArt

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Blog entry by frank posted 10-17-2007 05:03 AM 1524 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

De-Barking a Cherry Slab

....well there you have it, so the question that remains is hidden in a shroud of mystery; “who did the de-barkin’ on the cherry tree that our famous boy wonder and first president of the United States cut down….?

So it happened that after my last trip up north, checking on suppliers of wood slabs, for some furniture I’m contemplating, that I ran across this piece of cherry slab at a no-refuse price….so if any want to guess first, I’ll be willing to share the price….

....all-ready cut and standing-leaning against a house with a yard full of more, it didn’t take me long to turn my truck around and head back to investigate. And so with my wife sitting there with me, we both got into the heat of the moment….like being on ‘a mission from God’, yessereeeee, the blues brothers have no-thing on me at times like this! By the way if your wondering, my wife knows me by now, just as I know her and so we both understand each other….which makes for times like this very easy….and yes, I just love that ‘crutch’ area….

....wood, wood all around and all you’ve got to do is be a lookin’. So this past Saturday I had some hours left at the end of the day and still feeling like doing some work, I hefted this one up on the sawhorses and decided to proceed at de-barking some bark….funny thing is, these pieces of wood never seem to get any lighter as I age with the years…. here you have them, some of my de-barkers tools of which I have accumulated over the years of many ages. Yes, many are hand made and such, which I have found in old barns and yard sales for dollars….and here again you heard me right, dollars….

....which is about all I ever pay when it comes to barn and yard sales. Notiice the old adze there and what about the handmade,welded de-barking spudder slicks….also you might notice that when it comes to de-barking, only two tools there have a sharp edge…. after about an hour into the process, during which I have painted the ends and yes, there is progress being made…. close-up shot…. of my favorite ‘spudders’ and most used in the process of de-barking. Note that the end is turned up-wards so one might even call this one a ‘gouging’ or ‘spoon’ spudder…. here’s the piece of cherry all cleaned up and ready to be set inside the cellar of my barn, to mellow in the air for how long? Well time will tell….

....and so I lifted and heaved and breathed as I hefted this one up for a final shot. I’m thinking that before I set this one away to dry, I might break out the orbital sanders and do some sanding to check the wood out some more. This slab of cherry is really vibrating with life and coupled with imagination, I’m all-ready thinking of what this one may yet be….

Hope you enjoy this one as much as I do….and;
Thank you.

” smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood….”

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 10-17-2007 05:12 AM

My juices are flowing….a nice piece of wood.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#2 posted 10-17-2007 05:20 AM

great find… we’ll wait with wonder to see what comes of it….

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#3 posted 10-17-2007 06:41 AM

Nice job, Frank. Can’t wait to see which wood spirit you find in this one!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#4 posted 10-17-2007 07:42 AM

Frank -

That was an awesome posting and absolutely wonderful photos! That cherry sure looks great – my favorite wood.


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#5 posted 10-17-2007 02:15 PM

Great find Frank. Good job on the de-barking.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 10-17-2007 04:27 PM

Hmm, Guess those tools are “all bite and no bark”, eh? And since no one’s taken a guess yet I’ll speculate the price was “if you can move it, you can have it”.

Yes sir, that is a cherry of a piece of cherry. Some wood art for sure.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#7 posted 10-17-2007 04:53 PM


-- life can always be weaved into a song.

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