I'm investigating whether there exists a machine that can remove the bark from a shrub (1" - 3" diameter) without destroying the bark. The goal of the research I'm doing is to find a way to remove the bark of a tree for its medicinal use, but with minimal shredding/chipping. All the debarking machinery I've been able to find so far have been intended for the logging industry and hence unsuitable, primarily because of the small diameter here. The present method employed for removing the bark has been to soak it in water for a few days and then to remove it by beating it with a mallet.
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