Ok, so my wife found this thing on line, and wants me to make one or 2 for her...just another list on the honey do list, but at least this is one that gets me outside a cutting Anyway, the photo is using cypress, so I am not going to get that around here. I have oak, pine, maple, ash, beech to work with.....can probably pick up a few rounds from my wood guy. So here are my questions: I would need a bark removal type tool....any suggestions? Which wood should I use? After removing the bark, I am gussing I would have to let it dry in the basement for a few years? Anything I could do from preventing from splitting? Looks like a cool thing to make fairly easy....just don't know if I have the right wood?