Debarking maple with a drawknife

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Blog entry by Rick M. posted 580 days ago 1966 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of our maples went down in the storm last night and I salvaged a few pieces. A couple years ago I took down a good size limb from this tree and it was nicely spalted. You can see some of it in my projects.

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Looks like this batch is only lightly spalted and mostly in the heartwood. Here I’m removing the bark with a drawknife.

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#1 posted 579 days ago

+1 on the drawknife! LOL. I kinda like using the angle grinder with a chainsaw chain on it…. It makes my arms much happier.

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#2 posted 579 days ago

You make using that drawknife look sooo easy!

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#3 posted 579 days ago

The drawknife was easy, I wasn’t in any hurry and debarked the limb in a few minutes; and I like the sound it makes. The wood is very green though, water was dripping from the end grain.

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#4 posted 579 days ago

Nice vid. When debarking a log, it is always best to “go green” isn’t is??
Your projects came out great, especially with the worm wood look.

There is something fun and easy going about the process…................

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