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Forum topic by thechipcarver posted 08-31-2018 04:59 PM 1041 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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thechipcarver

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08-31-2018 04:59 PM

Hey Lumberjocks,

I live in East Central Indiana. I am looking for large pieces of cottonwood bark. I’m looking at 6”-8” wide, 24”-48” long. Do they cut it that big? Any information would be helpful.

-- While teaching a class, a gentlemen once asked me: "When chip carving an intricate design, what do you do when you are almost finished and the wood breaks off?" I replied "Cover the kids ears."


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mel52

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#1 posted 09-01-2018 11:01 PM

Just curious, are you referring to green live bark like off a just cut down tree or the dead bark that can be peeled off a dead tree. I have never seen a big cottonwood cut down ( they are usually along creeks in our area ). I do occasionally see dead ones with loose bark on them.

-- MEL, Kansas

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 09-01-2018 11:13 PM

You can find plenty of cottonwood trees and bark in Oklahoma…...

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thechipcarver

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#3 posted 09-02-2018 05:33 PM



Just curious, are you referring to green live bark like off a just cut down tree or the dead bark that can be peeled off a dead tree. I have never seen a big cottonwood cut down ( they are usually along creeks in our area ). I do occasionally see dead ones with loose bark on them.

- mel52

I’m looking for cottonwood bark they use for carving wood spirits and houses.

-- While teaching a class, a gentlemen once asked me: "When chip carving an intricate design, what do you do when you are almost finished and the wood breaks off?" I replied "Cover the kids ears."

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AlaskaGuy

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#4 posted 09-02-2018 05:51 PM

Off of large Cottonwood trees?

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mel52

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#5 posted 09-02-2018 06:09 PM

The cottonwood trees I have ever seen have bark that is extremely rough. On the larger ones the deep parts could be two or three inches. Even the smaller ones would be so rough I can’t imagine carving anything, but, I don’t know anything about carving.

-- MEL, Kansas

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splintergroup

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#6 posted 09-03-2018 02:33 PM

If you come to central NM, you can get the bark and some wood for free!

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