Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Peeling The Logs



When most people start working for a Handcrafted Log Builder, they usually start working in the log yard as a log peeler. This is the low man on the totem pole. Peeling logs is a laborious and sticky affair. Handcrafters do this to these new guys to see if they have what it takes to be a log builder. If they don't have what it takes, they will quit early on before time is wasted in training them.Having peeled logs before, I was not looking forward to peeling 55 logs by my self. My little man was a big help.
You have to peel (debark) the log so that it will start drying out and keep the insects out of the wood. The southern pine beetle and others eat the cambium layer. This is inner bark, the layer between the wood and the outer bark. Once the outer bark is off the beetle larva can't survive.
When we get ready to start to build we will have to draw knife or plain the logs again. This will give them a clean tooled look. More on this when we start to build.







Working hard!
















Peeled Logs






Stacking for storage












3 comments:

Pike said...

I have peeled logs as a contractor for 10 years. I also know how to build log homes. If you ever need logs peeled, I'm one of the best. I carry all of my own tools, drawknives, a peavy, a chainsaw and others. E mail me some time
Dennis Pike

Alpha said...

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Selina Dorsey said...

HIO Log Rack FRRH40 from Bizarkdeal

This log rack was perfect for right outside our front door. We have a large overhang near the front door, but usually the wood was just dropped in a pile there when we would have fires. This rack is neat, attractive, and keeps the wood off the ground so the bottom of the logs stay dry too. Enough wood for 2-3 fires.

Small, easy to assemble and fits in small spaces. Perfect for someone who only burns their fire occasionally. Looks nice too!