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I am/was a log builder/finisher from Minnesota and moved to Texas. A gentleman in Conroe, Texas asked me to build a beautiful outdoor chapel from freshly harvested logs with the bark left on. Everything I know tells me this could be problematic. The gentleman showed a photo of such a building with bark intact, but had no further information. Is this reasonably possible for a permanent structure? Certain wood species? Certain chemicals? Certain techniques? My research is not yielding solid answer


All I really know about bark intact logs is that they should be harvested in the dead of winter when most of the sap is down in the root of the tree. Bark Beetle can become an issue as well.

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