Use axe or chainsaw and cut the branches off the tree. Cut flush with the tree trunk near the inner part of the bark. Remove separated branches from the cutting area to keep it clear of debris. Use extra caution when cutting branches that carry the weight of the tree trunk.
Start on one end of the log and use the axe to remove a piece of bark. Push the bark spud or spade between the bark and tree trunk and pry off the bark. Push and peel along the full length of the log. Use a drawknife by holding both handles and pulling towards yourself to cut off bark of small branches or for intricate work.
Use a log-turning hook on larger logs to grip the log and turn it over. Continue turning and peeling until the entire tree is debarked.
Things You Will Need
- Bark spud or spade
- Turning hook
- Different species of trees and the season of the year will make the bark peel off harder or easier.
- Saw the tree trunk into shorter pieces to relieve some of the weight off the branches.
- Cutting larger branches in two steps can prevent loads from shifting, falling or binding on cutting tools. Leave a nub near the trunk and cut it off after cutting off a larger section of branch.
- Use gravity as an aid to remove the falling pieces, being careful not to allow two pieces to fall down at the cut and bind the chainsaw blade.