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Live Edge Bark Preservation

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From: Peter Angerhofer
Rye, NH
While thinning some Black Walnut trees, I recently made a handful of stump “coins” and was thinking about turning them into cutting boards. I’ve read elsewhere that Black Walnut bark is one of the easier barks to preserve, especially when cut during the winter. (Check and check!)|

Any suggestions or other resources I might consult about how to preserve the edge while maintaining a food grade finish?

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Hi Peter:

Great question! A quick web search suggests maintaining a "bark on" live edge can be extremely difficult, if not disappointing.

Since I'm not a woodworking expert, may I suggest you reach out to the myriad of hardwood woodworking web forums, FaceBook groups, etc., for suggestions or recommendations?

Best of luck! Jay

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