Many of us woodworkers have come across the perfect piece of green wood that has a beautiful ring of bark or natural edge of bark that we want keep intact. This is particularly popular with cross-cut sections, “cookies” or slabs.
Preserving the bark on your wood can be a challenge. The best bet to ensure the bark will not fall off is to cut the tree during the dormant period in the winter when the sap has stopped running and the wood has hardened off. The bark is more adhered to the wood because sugar is not running through the sap edge.
Stabilizing the wood with Pentacryl and/or Wood Juice will also help to keep the bark on, as it reduces the shrinkage of the wood and prevents the wood from pulling away from the bark.
This piece of maple was cut in the New England area in the late fall and treated with Pentacryl. After 6 years, the bark still remains intact and snug to the wood:
This stack of Lodge Pole pine logs in Colorado were cut in early December – the perfect time of year for making rustic, bark-edge “cookies”: