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The general rule is don't remove bark before drying for at least 8 months ~1 year
The exception is i removed bark for fresh wood for several sticks and didn't encounter cracks
Some other say remove the bark from the middle and leave for drying

Why for sometimes i have cracks and for other no cracks
To note that i leave to dry not directly in the sun and not in hot nor cold conditions
 

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I go with the general rule of not removing the bark these days and have had no problem with cracks in the shanks. Early on, I tried removing the bark and had several split on me.
That said, I think that there are factors which can give different results such as type of wood, drying conditions, weather, time of year they were harvested, maybe even how quickly or slowly they grew.
It isn't an exact science, so go with what works best for you.
Thank you for sharing your experience
 
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