OldTools Archive

Recent Search Bios FAQ

266003 scott grandstaff <scottg@s...> 2018‑06‑12 peeling poles with a shovel
Well I have been peeling poles.
Sticks really.
  I had a couple of cypress trees taken down in my yard (made a splendid 

I had planted the trees maybe 20 years ago. They were supposed to be 
ornamental bushes maybe 12' tall at maturity. Just a bit of low privacy 
along the fenceline is what I wanted.
A mixup at the nursery.  Little did I know they were actually Leland 

   They were rootbound in little pots when I met them. So for about 5 
years they sat there and did nothing. Then they began to grow, nearly 
doubling each year. They got to about 40' and started leering over my 
neighbors house.
  I like my neighbor. Never meant to threaten his place.

So I found a guy who zipped up the tree with gaffs, and took them down 
in pieces.
   A glorious mess made in practically minutes flat.
I saved a few pieces of stump in case they dont crack too bad and make 
decent chopping blocks.
They are so loaded with knots I guess they'd be about impossible to split?
And so loaded with pitch I cant see them rotting quickly either.

  The limbs are long and almost symetrically curved. Its cypress, so I 
hear its rot resistant.
I figure trellisses or maybe a small ornamental fence I could work up?

   Well I have sporadically peeled poles with a drawknife for much of my 
life now. Pretty good at it, and have several weapons for it.
But I had heard of guys using a shovel. So just for fun I got one out of 
my stash and thought, why not?

  It took me a couple of tries grinding to get the angles down.
  And it takes some skill at directing that angle, in use.
  Sharpening I do with just a file, but a single cut fairly fine tooth 
file. Back and forth on each side forming a fat burr and then worrying 
the burr away, until I get it "sharp enough".
But Holy Mackerel!
    3 and 4' strips of bark, and almost completely effortless!  I'm sold!
   Who knew I had a perfect bark peeler, that I didn't even like that 
much as a shovel?
          yours scott


    Scott Grandstaff
    Box 409 Happy Camp, Ca  96039

Recent Search Bios FAQ