CHITTEM BARK PEELER—How is the instrument used in peeling chittem bark made?
To peel chittem bark, take an old buggy spring or some other iron and make a spud. The notch should be about one half inch long. This is to split the bark with, lengthwise of the tree. On the notch end, bevel it off like a chisel; this will run around the tree and part the bark from the tree. To dry, put the bark in the sun and let it stay there till it is dry. Do not let it get wet or it will turn black. To break it up, take about eleven boards, three inches wide and about three feet long, take a one fourth inch bit and bore a hole in each end of all; now lay them on the floor and take a bolt and put through one end of each. Next, saw about six pieces three inches long, one inch thick, and bore holes in each. Now take five of the long pieces over the bolt so you will have five on one side and six on the other; take every other one. You should take the smaller pieces and put between the long ones and run a bolt through, and make a handle any way you like. This is a home-made crusher and will break bark as good as a ten dollar one. Put the bark between the two sides and push down. Have a box that will hold about five bushels to attach the crusher to. The handle should be on the side with five hoards, Chittem is worth about five or six cents.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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