Bark spud (tool)
The bark spud
(also known as a peeling iron
, peeler bar
, peeling spud
, or abbreviated to spud
) is an implement which is used to remove bark from felled timber.
Most bark spuds have steel
heads and wooden handles, typically hickory
. The head is curved, sometimes in one direction with a single cutting edge, and sometimes more dish shaped and sharpened on three sides.
Method of use
In use, the sharpened edge is slid between the bark and the wood, removing the bark from the tree in a number of strips. It is especially useful at removing bark without damaging the wood below the bark.
A coa de jima
is a similar specialized tool for harvesting agave
s. The drawknife
also removes bark from felled trees.