Manufacturing Bark Siding

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Parton Poplar Bark Siding

Manufacturing Process

Parton Lumber Poplar Bark Siding is crafted through a careful and precise process that helps ensure the highest standards in quality. Read on for an inside look at the steps we take to bring you the best in bark siding.


yellow poplar season

Peak Season
Poplar bark siding can only be peeled during the mid-spring to mid-summer months. During this time the bark releases most easily.

reliable bark supply

Reliable Supply
Parton Lumber has a unique advantage in acquiring fresh bark for our bark siding- we contract with our loggers for access to poplar groves. This insures we have a steady seasonal supply of prime and unmarred bark.

peeled where tree is felled

Location, Location, Location
Logs are best peeled where the tree is felled. Moving the log before peeling is unwise because the log surface becomes scarred and dirty, and it produces undesirable bark siding.

peeling bark from tree

Careful Peeling
Bark siding is peeled with simple pries and a chainsaw. Shallow scoring lines are made in the log, and then pry tools peel the bark.

bark flattening process

Poplar bark sheets are first graded for durability, imperfections, and appearance; defects are cut out, and some sheets are rejected. Curved sheets of fresh poplar bark siding  are then stacked in layers, and pressure is applied to flatten the sheets.

bark drying process

Stacks of flattened bark cladding are kiln dried and brought down to very low moisture content. This insures the bark siding  is dry and that all insects and fungi are eliminated.

bark cutting process

Once the bark siding sheets are dried, they are ready for cutting. Further defects are isolated and removed during the process of cutting and squaring the poplar bark shingles to their appropriate size.

bark stacking

After poplar bark shingles are inspected, cut, and squared, they are neatly stacked in bundles and are ready for delivery.