Cleaning up a little literati

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Got this little thing awhile back at an old nursery and have just been letting it gain back some health.

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Starting to clean up the trunkline and live vein. When you guys clean bark off old dead wood, is there a better way to get it cleaned off than what I'm doing? I'm just scraping it off with a dull blade and using a wire brush. It's just taking forever. Wondering what the pros do...


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Best thing about this tree is this single thin live vein running all the way up the trunk. Just gotta figure out how to clean it up.
 
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I am far from a pro, but I prefer a sharp scalpel and tweezers. Pick the flakes loose with the scalpel, then rip them off with the tweezers.
Wounds made with sharp tools heal cleaner and faster than wounds made with blunt tools.
 

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