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How do you debark cedar logs?

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Cedars are debarked using a flat hammer, a small bar and gloves. The hammer and bar are used at the end of the tree to get the bark started. After the edge of the bark has been lifted away from the tree, by using gloves and hands the bark can be peeled in one long piece from one end to the other.

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Cedars are easier to debark if there is moisture under the bark. Mid-spring is the best time for this process. When the tree is cut down the sap begins to dry, making it important to debark the tree as soon as possible, preferably within a week. Cedar is easy to debark compared to oak. Oak must be debarked very quickly after cutting it down. It tends to take more time to debark. A sharper bar must be used and the bark tends to peel off in strings.

Any remaining sap should be cleaned off trees after debarking. This can be done by using a mixture of vinegar and water. Besides getting most of the sap off, it will also protect the tree from dry rot and mildew. A light hand should be used with the flat bar when debarking. Pressing too hard on the wood will leave a scar.

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