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A bark spud peeler is the answer for Week 335 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Monday: A tool

Tuesday: Partly wood and partly metal

Wednesday: Hand work

Thursday: Prepare logs

Friday: An odd name that could cause confusion

Saturday: Its name reminds one of another tool used to work with another plant.

According to, a bark spud peeler is used to remove the bark from green logs that have been cut during the spring or summer. It can also be used to remove rough bark prior to using a drawknife for finishing. This prolongs the sharp edge of the drawknife.

A bark spud had a wooden handle measuring one to four feet long with an attached curved blade. The blade is either beveled or dish-shaped with three cutting edges. It easily peels bark away while limiting damage to the wood beneath it.

The bark spud peeler shown below was recently donated to the Clearwater Historical Museum and was handmade.

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