Tanuki suggestion requested

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My neighbor Cut down a limb of a very large Eastern red Cedar which landed in my backyard. I salvage this piece in the first picture. I want to use that for a Tanuki. I had planned on taking the bark off the smaller side branch and carving it, but my question is this:
Would harm the living plant if I left some of the bark on the Eastern red Cedar and carved a groove into it and the deadwood below to envelop the leggy juniper procumbens nana in the second picture? Or should I just strip the bark and carve the deadwood like crazy?
 

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Adair M

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Sorry, I just don’t see the point.

Usually, a tanooki is made using a piece of deadwood that has great character.

I’m seeing a stick.
 

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Not off hand...

Except I bet if you talk to the people who collect wild junipers, I would think that not all survive the collection process.

And the dead skeletons would make great Tanuki!
 

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Hate Tanuki!

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