A few questions on the removal of the existing flakey bark on a Shimpaku. I do not wish to create jin or shari, rather to just remove the flakey grey bark to get to the reddish bark underneath.
- is this best done at any particular time of the year?
- will this reduce the overall health of the tree or make it susceptible to pathogens or heat stress?
- what is the recommended material to rub on to make the reddish color stand out?
- are there pitfalls to this process? My intention is to peel as much bark off as possible by hand followed by a brass brush and finally some fine sand paper.
Thank you for your time.