Bark spud (tool)

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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.[1][2]


Most bark spuds have steel heads and wooden handles, typically hickory or ash. 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[edit]

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[3].

Similar Tools[edit]

A coa de jima is a similar specialized tool for harvesting agaves. The draw knife also removes bark from felled trees.


  1. ^ Bark peeling tools
  2. ^ Bark Spud
  3. ^ "Bark Spud". Retrieved February 3, 2018.