From Tree Bark to Comb




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I found this tree bark from scraps. Normally, this kind of material will be thrown away. This time I gonna use it to make something cool.

tool: bench planer


Japanese pull saw

coping saw

sandpaper (120/ 240/ 320)

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Step 1: Clean the Surface

I first cleaned the surface of the tree bark with a bench plane.

I noticed there is a small knot which is hard to remove. So I used a chisel.

Step 2: Cut the Shape

Then I draw the shape of the comb on the bark with a white pencil. I cut the shape with a pull saw and a coping saw.

Step 3: Cut the Teeth

I used the same tools to cut the teeth of the comb.

Step 4: Shape the Teeth

It seems that the teeth are still too thick for a wood comb. So I used a chisel to reshape them.

After that, I used sandpaper to smooth the teeth as well as shape the teeth.

Step 5: Finishing!

Finally, I applied some wax to the comb to finish it.

The job is done!

Thanks for watching and have a nice day.



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    13 Discussions


    8 months ago

    This is gorgeous! It does not appear to be bark though - it appears to be a slice of the outermost section of the wood (the "sapwood"). In several steps you can see the woodgrain, and in the main photo of step 4 you can see the growth rings. Regardless, this is awesome and something I'd like to make. Thank you!

    1 reply

    Reply 8 months ago

    Bark has growth rings, just in the opposite direction (the inside is the newest ring). But this doesn't look as soft as bark usually is (but could be some asian hardwood...)

    Brokk Hrafnsson

    9 months ago

    I have no idea what wood you used, but that came out amazing. And from tree bark? You, my good sir, have talent.


    9 months ago

    That takes some serious woodworking skills. Super job


    Question 9 months ago on Step 5

    What kind of tree bark are you using? Most bark I'm familiar with is too soft for this kind of work.

    1 answer
    Alpaca Studior-philp

    Reply 9 months ago

    Not 100% sure. But the guy above you said it's Red sandalwood. Guess he's right.

    DIY Hacks and How Tos

    9 months ago

    This is really cool. Could you share some more details about each step of the process. A little descriptive text would really help others users to replciate it.

    2 replies