Working with Live-Edge Boards
I want to use some live-edge boards in my work. What’s the best way to strip the bark to reveal the surface below?
Amir Fahzad, Negril, None
There’s an intriguing visual and tactile appeal to live-edge boards, those sawn so that one or both edges are the edge of the log, with the bark removed to reveal a wonderfully undulating surface.
It’s easiest to remove the bark from a tree cut in the spring, when the sap is rising. The bark will come off easily with a drawknife. The moist cambium layer beneath the bark can be scraped away quickly with the dull edge of a putty knife.
Removing bark from dry wood requires a little more effort. Clamp the board bark-side up. Use a sharp drawknife to remove most of the bark (see photo, right). I use a small teardrop-shaped scraper to remove most…