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Forum topic by stixman posted 01-25-2014 09:35 PM 919 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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stixman

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01-25-2014 09:35 PM

Today, I needed to remove the bark from a couple of curled sticks, before I carve on them.

The pressure washer can make the difficult job of removing bark from the stick, easy.

Removing bark video

-- http://www.kywalkingstick.com


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Nicholas Hall

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#1 posted 01-26-2014 02:03 PM

Bark spud. A bit overkill for your application.

The best toy I saw for doing the job was in a papermill in Hinkley Maine. It’s called a debarking drum. Theirs was a 100 foot long steel cylinder 20ft in diameter. Their were carbide teeth around the inside walls of the drum. The mill sent tree length logs in one end and barkfree logs came out the other end. It was like the world’s biggest rock tumbler. I always thought it would be cool to build a small scale version.

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#2 posted 01-26-2014 06:12 PM

For my canes and walking sticks, it depends on the wood – knife, rasp, sandpaper, or Dremel. Usually sandpaper – it takes the longest but you never know what interesting colors or patterns will be revealed as each layer is removed.

-- Leafherder

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#3 posted 01-26-2014 06:22 PM

Pressure washers work great. Should be 3000 psi or greater though.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 01-26-2014 11:23 PM

How big a pressure washer was that (how much pressure and flow)? Looks like it could be a great way to prepare my lamps. I currently scrape the bark with a knife, though I’ve also used a sandblaster on a real twisty root piece (I’m not crazy about the sandblasted finish).

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#5 posted 01-26-2014 11:32 PM

Is it louder than a bite ? ;o)

-- BOVILEXIA: The urge to moo at cows from a moving vehicle.

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#6 posted 01-26-2014 11:57 PM

I use several carving tools. One is sharp, wire like and curved, similar to the thing the Dentist uses. The other is similar, but about 3/16” wide.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#7 posted 01-27-2014 12:05 AM

Steaming works well

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