Debarking maple with a drawknife

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Blog entry by Rick M. posted 01-19-2013 01:09 AM 2667 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.

Candle holder


Try square

Screwdriver handle

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 01-19-2013 01:42 AM

+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 01-19-2013 02:32 AM

You make using that drawknife look sooo easy!

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#3 posted 01-19-2013 02:36 AM

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 01-19-2013 10:01 AM

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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