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….
....so 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….
....so after about an hour into the process, during which I have painted the ends and yes, there is progress being made….
....an-other close-up shot….
....one 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….
....now 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;
”....work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood….”
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/