Looks like I need to buy a tool to do this. My local farm store has a drawknife for $60. I can find them on the net for about $30. In another thread somebody suggested using a sander with a coarse grit sandpaper. Or high pressure water. On the internet I found a tool where you stand: http://www.barkbear.com/ I also found something that you hook up to your chainsaw: http://www.backwoodsnet.com/Mountain_Forestry/BINDEX.HTM I have never taken the bark off of the tree before. I like to think that I'm going to start making lots of stuff from logs and will debark a couple dozen trees each year. I don't own any of the tools to do any of the suggestions above and would prefer to get just one. I suppose that the drawknife is the standard. It would be nice to be able to do something that doesn't require me bringing the log to electicity. Advice?