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How do you preserve bark on rustic wood projects. Answered

We are building a fireplace mantle of oak milled from one of our trees 7 years ago.  We would like to leave the bark on the out facing side of our project.  Will epoxy suffice?  we bought a "pourable" type of coating like we have seen on some bar tops.  Will the bark fall off after a number of years?  It hasn't in 7 years in an unheated, somewhat damp barn.  Any help is appreciated.  Thank you!

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lemonie (author)2010-01-23

You might consider just tapping small pins into it, aim into the deepest cracks, drive them just under the surface of the bark with e.g. a small screwdriver - you'd hardly notice them.
The heat-cycling would probably cause the bark to fall off without any fixatives.

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