In this post, I will show you how to peel a log with a drawknife. You can watch the video or read the following steps:

In this video, I am demonstrating on a white pine log with an approximate 20″ diameter that was harvested from a forest at the end of the winter in South Western Ontario, Canada.

To start, my team has knocked off the bark. You can see the log has been seasoning and what is left is called, “cambium,” the inner layer. The way you take that off is by peeling it with an old fashion tool, the drawknife.

This is a lot of work physically but it really is the best way to get a good finished surface for a log home. Our team goes up and down the tree until it is completely stripped.

If you have more questions about the details of building a log home or using a drawknife, leave a comment below.

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