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Walking Stick Bark on Bark off

Hi I'm new to the forum and have lots to learn.
I cut some nice green sticks today madrone, choke cheery and big leaf maple,.
Would there be less chance of cracking if I leave the bark on.
It has been cold here in Oregon so the sap should be down.
Any help appreciated. Bill Hart
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Hi I'm new to the forum and have lots to learn.
I cut some nice green sticks today madrone, choke cheery and big leaf maple,.
Would there be less chance of cracking if I leave the bark on.
It has been cold here in Oregon so the sap should be down.
Any help appreciated. Bill Hart
This time of year it is going to be hard to get the bark off anyway, I leave it on til it dries this time of year.

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I'm not sure if every wood does it, but when it completely dries it will try to peel.
Or you can boil it

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Hi I'm new to the forum and have lots to learn.
I cut some nice green sticks today madrone, choke cheery and big leaf maple,.
Would there be less chance of cracking if I leave the bark on.
It has been cold here in Oregon so the sap should be down.
Any help appreciated. Bill Hart
With the sap being down at this time of year,the bark should stay on. Leaving the bark on will dry the stick at a slower rate. But it will check eventually. Sticks the size of a typical walking stick generally don't take that long to dry. If you decide to peel the stick you can do it with a draw knife. Personal preference.

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