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#1 JRSC

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 11:08 PM

I've come into some nice sticks. However, removing the bark has been some work.. The pic I've attached has very easy top layer bark to remove but the inner bark is a beast! I took a good while yesterday whittling it off with a dull knife. Dull actually works better and I don't have to be careful gouging into the wood and making mistakes. I'm the type where I begin to think there has to be an easier way. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 02:39 AM

A 60 grit drum sander on a electric drill will do a quick job on most bark. I have not done it but some people say they use a pressure washer. For many years I used a small drawknife.. Flex-cut sell a nice one.


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Posted 27 February 2018 - 05:02 AM

I usually take off outer bark with a Flexcut roughing knife. Outer bark I will sand off with an electric palm sander. Final sanding I like to do by hand.

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 05:35 PM

I don't do a lot o peeled sticks but when I do, I use a scraping motion with the blade around 90* to the work, not a slicing motion for the inner bark.  You'll get a feel for it. It also depends on the species.  Some barks like on maple shoots tend to almost fall off, others are stuck on pretty good.  You can also wet the stick down some.  Sometimes that will loosen it up some too. (What! After I spent all that time drying it out in the first place? Are you kidding me?)  You're not saturating the stick, just wetting the surface good.  It will dry off pretty quickly.

I think most sticks look better with a little bit of the inner bark still attached.  Adds some color and variety to what could otherwise be a pretty bland stick.


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#5 dww2

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 09:37 PM

Drawknife or spoke shave are my go to tools for bark removal. Especially the spoke shave since it has less tendency to dig in.


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Posted 04 March 2018 - 04:28 AM

Drawknife or spoke shave are my go to tools for bark removal. Especially the spoke shave since it has less tendency to dig in.

 

Yep, that is what I do for "rustic" sticks.



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Posted 04 March 2018 - 01:40 PM

I have two drawknives, one that is all wood and one that is iron. Each is entirely different in the way it works. The iron one has a blade that sits at a steep angle and is finely adjustable with knurled nuts. With a good sharpening and a fine adjustment it will take off tissue paper shavings.



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Posted 04 March 2018 - 10:46 PM

So far, it's a patience game. And work. I have the shafts of these sticks squared away. This particular stick still needs work around the top. The bark is fuzzy and I have to sand it off. It's a lot of work, but it's going to be a great stick when finished.

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Posted 04 March 2018 - 10:50 PM

Full shot of the stick.

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#10 LilysDad

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 12:35 PM

Nice stick! If it was mine, I would sand all the bark off the top and the hand grip area for contrast, leave the rest as is and give all of it a light stain to take away the 'new' look.






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