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How thick is your bark
« on: September 28, 2005, 11:18:03 AM »


I am looking for some thick bark to carve, I know that sounds crazy but it is true.  I have carved some bark, cottonwood I think that is very thick. I have heard that the farther north you go the thicker the bark is. Do any of you northern folks (well north of me) ever come across any? I would like to get some to try some carving santa in. I would be interested if this is in fact true. I have lots of bark but it is little girlie man bark and I am trying to get some thick stuff :D

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Re: How thick is your bark
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2005, 12:45:46 PM »
The Cottonwood bark aound here is huge thick. There is a fella that carves these cool faces allover the trees in a local park.  Ill, try and find a link.
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Re: How thick is your bark
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2005, 04:18:51 PM »
The bark that gets carved down here is Hickory.  Shagbark and pignut have bark 2 or 3 inches thick that dries to 1 1/2 or so and ends up as hard as the wood it encompasses.  If you have access to Hickory, take a look.
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Re: How thick is your bark
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2005, 08:44:22 PM »
Douglas Fir bark on old vets can be 8" + thick down at the stump.D-Fir bark has lots of Red,brown and Tan streaks in it.I don't know how it would carve but it sure burns well.
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Re: How thick is your bark
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2005, 09:37:48 PM »
I've seen old growth redwood bark that was nearly a foot thick.  I stood on the bark with my heels at the edge of the wood and my toes didn't extend beyond the bark.
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Re: How thick is your bark
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2005, 08:41:34 AM »
I know that I am pretty thin-skinned most of the time, but my bark is rather thick. 8)


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Re: How thick is your bark
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2005, 01:14:18 AM »
Douglas-Fir, Western Larch, Ponderosa Pine.

Douglas-Fir probably has the best texture for carving. It's a bit like cork in texture, so sharp carving tools are essential.
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