I always allow the sticks to dry for at least one year before removing the bark. In the past I have had problems with checking if I remove the bark before a year is up. Also, I cut the green sticks much longer than required and if I have checking, I can usually cut off the part of the stick that is split.
Thanks for the info. I noticed a place that was renting an industrial pressure cleaner recently. While I enjoy de-barking sticks, I have enough in my garage now to last for years at the rate I carve. Saving a bit of time would be useful.
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