Am I the only guy one the planet who is interested in trying to make his own bark siding ?
I know this site is a log thing but I'm just planing on using it for some gable end accents. If anyone can offer any tool tips or advice feel free to comment, Thanks Greg
I thought about it....but the tulip poplar doesn't grow in Maine. I love the bark shakes...but could not sell it to the misses...so I had to use red cedar.
It looks like you can take good sized sheets off with a pealing spud.
A peeling spud, never heard of that tool but I guess I need one, Ill try varitas woodworking, any leads on wear to find one Shanny ? Thank You much !
You can check out Peavy Manufacturing in Eddington Maine.
Very old Maine company.
I buy tool handles, draw knives etc. from them, thats where the name "peavy" comes from.
I am not sure if those that harvest the bark shakes use a spud or not (I suspect that they do), and what time of year is best to peel yellow poplar.
I peeled alot of white cedar logs and spring seems like a good time to do it, when the sap is running, but I don't know if poplar would be the same or not?
I peeled some big sheets using a flat screwdriver and working it around the log once I got a strip removed.
I just recently (yesterday) just tried to peel another log to make some brackets for a porch rafter, and the bark was pretty much glued to the log.
You might be able to make similar tool from an old leaf spring or something.