Craig Aument

Q: I hope to use local red cedar logs as posts for a client’s rustic porch. What’s the best way to remove the bark without damaging the wood underneath?

A: Craig Aument, a timber framer and founding owner of Cascade Joinery, a timber-frame company in Ferndale, Wash., responds: We’re often asked to include natural logs in the timber-frame structures we build. The tree shape creates an interesting contrast to and visual juxtaposition with the milled timbers that make up the rest of the frame. Red...

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