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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in woodland care.

This project will be to peel 2 live trees and put them up off the ground to dry.

Peeling a tree is removing the bark and cambium layer of a tree after it is limbed to help it dry quicker and be ready for wood working. It is much easier when a tree is freshly cut and is green and wet.

This is easier on smaller trees and can possibly be done with a large knife. On larger trees, a draw knife can be used to help get it done quicker.

Harvested live trees make great material for building things like in the round wood woodworking PEP Badge!  

Green trees are especially easy to peel and carve.  Green trees are also good for the sawmill.

This video shows a quick process of peeling a larger tree. A chainsaw can be used to cut the side branches flush with the main trunk. Then the draw knife is used to scrape off the bark and cambium layer.



This video shows the tools and another technique how you can literally peel a log with a spud tool if the bark and cambium come off easily, and it also shows the log lifted off the ground on smaller logs to dry after it has been peeled.



Be safe when using hand tools and using chainsaws, be aware of your surroundings, work at your own risk, and enjoy cutting stuff!

NOTE!:  Do not cover the logs.  The logs need air movement and sunlight.

To get certified for this BB, post the following pics.  

 - Your 2 trees before they are peeled
 - Your 2 trees after they are peeled and up off the ground
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I think having the logs up off the ground needs to be included on the pictures
 
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Daryl Pierce wrote:I think having the logs up off the ground needs to be included on the pictures


I just added that to the requirements, thanks Daryl!
 
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Naked trees.
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Tree 1
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Tree 2
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Staff note (Nicole Alderman):

I hereby certify that this Badge Bit is complete!

 
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Tree A
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Tree B
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Staff note (Nicole Alderman):

I hereby certify this BB as complete!

 
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Here are some peeled logs. One is for Fred's plot and the other one is potentially for a future pergola between the fisher price house and the library.
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I hereby certify that this Badge Bit is complete!

 
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Ok, I got this one done (finally).  I cut 4 tamarack trees to use for fence posts.  The problem is that they grow in the swamp.  So I got one to land in the yard but the rest were a sloggy, sloppy mess to get to.  So I cut them to post length (7') and pulled them out to work on.  I also didn't peel them right away so they sat for a month.  They still peeled just ok, but bugs had started eating the bark so the bark didn't come off in nice sheets.  They're stacked on big pallets in random order.  I used a hemlock peeling spud to do all the work and I made a little stand to hold the smaller logs to save my back.

The logs on the left were sitting on the ground longer so the bugs ate them more.  They were coincidentally also the heavier ones.
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Yay, this one's on the yard
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Peeling spud in action (sorry for the sun/shadow)
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All four trees piled up off the ground
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I certify that this BB is complete! (I would like to see more air get between the logs in future pics like this)

 
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This is tree 1 of 2 before peeling



This is tree 1 of 2 after fully peeled and put above the ground



This is log 2 of 2 before peeling



This is log 2 of 2 after peeling and above the ground



For both of these logs, I did all the peeling by myself. I had assistance rolling the giant logs and getting them off the ground.
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I hereby certify this BB complete!

 
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