Hand peeling is more labor intensive, but it creates a superior product. When the bark is stripped off by hand, it leaves the log whole in it’s natural form. This leaves a smooth surface with all the contours of the natural log intact.
Logs are commonly peeled with mechanical peelers, which not only removes the bark, it also splinters and peels off some of the outer wood. This produces a uniform diameter log, but takes away from its character and can reduce its strength.
We specialize in small peeled poles and small logs that are harvested from overstocked stands of timber. The smaller understory trees are removed to allow more space and resources for the larger trees. These smaller trees are slower growing, which produces tight grained wood, which is more dense and strong than faster growing wood. It also results in very small knots, and in some cases a clear knot free surface.
Most of the softwood log material is Douglas fir, with some incense cedar, ponderosa pine, and sugar pine. Hardwood species available are pacific madrone and manzanita.