For muscle that's strongly attached, carefully use a sharp skinning knife or sharp drawknife
to fillet the muscle from the skin.
I used my drawknife
, handsaw and a flat-soled spokeshave to further shape and smooth that piece.
When we needed to peel a number of not too large logs for a couple of projects, Steve scrounged up some scraps and made a quick and easy buck that was more open to leave room for the drawknife
Wasta sits among a pile of bur oak shavings, making timber frame pegs with a drawknife
at his handmade shaving horse.
Laurie took those and, using a drawknife
and shaving horse, made them octagonal in cross section and put a rough point on one end.
It was time to roll up my sleeves, flex my little biceps and grab the drawknife
The best tool for removing the bark when it clings is the drawknife
Afterward, use a drawknife
or pocketknife to peel the bark from the wood to reveal the wet and shiny "meat" beneath.
This is very different from a drawknife
or froe operation.
As for tools, you'll need a drawknife
(a woodworker's blade with handles at both ends, used for shaving surfaces), an adze (an ax-like cutting tool used chiefly for shaping wood), a hatchet, an ax, a sledgehammer and stave wedges.
This I split again and working with a hatchet and drawknife
, shaped what I must admit is a quality axe handle.
Peeling the logs with a drawknife
wouldn't have been too difficult despite the still half-frozen bark, but we left that tool at home to save weight.