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Peeling cedar logs

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I took out several large cedars(junipers) that are 12-16" around at the base and would like to peel them leaving the contours of the tree intact. We intend to use them as supports and mantels over the fireplaces. How do you peel it? A draw knife would be ok but I like the contours and irregularity of the tree's shape. Pressure wash?

Also- I cut these in Feb and they've been laying there ever since. Any concerns about the moisture content since I'm going for something more rustic? (IE should I use them for firewood and just go buy something kiln dried?) I like the idea of using materials from the site but...

(post #104074, reply #1 of 5)

"I cut these in Feb ....."

Ouch! Easy to peel with spudder or 3000 psi pressure washer if cut in April to July, likely tight bark if cut in Feb.

Have peeled lots of Dfir and some West red cedar. A 1200 psi PW wont hardly touch the bark, 3000 psi or more is needed, be careful not to gouge the wood though.

(post #104074, reply #4 of 5)

I missed the part about cut in feb...

 

 


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(post #104074, reply #5 of 5)

Like everybody else has said it's easiest with a low pressure washer when the log is green. Eastern red cedar doesn't seem to care what time of year it's cut.

I've done some old ones, but it was chisels, drawknives, shavehooks, and dental picks<G>

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(post #104074, reply #2 of 5)

anytime i've had to peel cedars it has been in the spring, and they have been green, otherwise the bark hardens up and it is a PITA to peel. i've never had to peel junipers, but i think the bark is much harder than cedar.


i would be afraid of scarring the wood using a pressure washer.a draw knife might work. maybe wet the outside a little while before making an attempt to soften the bark a bit.


good luck, and let us know.

 

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(post #104074, reply #3 of 5)

I do fine with a draw knife when it is green and full of new sap.

Wear gloves and keep some WD-40 handy.
You do NOT want to pick your nose or swat mosquitoes once you get your hands sapped up!

;)

 

 


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