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Peeling Poplar Logs
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Scott    Posted 07-07-2004 at 10:28:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just peeled some poplar logs and they are
stained red? How can I avoid this and get the
nice white color?

screaminghollow    Posted 07-08-2004 at 09:29:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
The poplar around here stays nice and light. weathers to tan and then silver/gray. I've peeled many saplings for this and that, never had a red one. I did find that they crack length wise more when peeled green, but are much harder to peel when seasoned. The poplar around here has some pale greenish areas in the wood when dried and cut. What kind of poplar do you have. Tulip, yellow, etc.
Right now I'm curing some birch logs to use as exposed ceiling beams in a planned addition. I cut them green, clearing out a line for fences through the woods.
I've been told to wrap them in a clear plastic film and set them out in the hot summer sun for five or six days to kill the sap cells so it doesn't check as much when it dries. Anybody know if that works?

Scott    Posted 07-08-2004 at 10:19:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
The Poplar is a trembling aspen the species
being: Populus tremuloides that I'm working
with. Interestingly, I have put it outside in the
sun and the red tint has gone away, so I'm
guessing that it may have been the sugars in
the sap. I'm pretty sure I have peeled away the
cambium layer which does go brown in the fall
if I don't peel the bark layer deep enough. Any
how the logs are a nice white colour now :)
They are much nicer to peel now than in any
other time of the year - a nice round look rather
than the hewn look - which is nice too!

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