Have you ever used a draw knife?
We used them a lot several years ago to skin the logs to build our cabin in Idaho.
Brigham Young and other members of the first pioneer company used them to take the bark off the logs so they could lash them together tightly to ferry the wagons across the raging Platte River. Some of the streams were small enough they could float the wagons through the water, but the Platte was so high, the water dashed the wagons to pieces. They found some white pine to make a heavy raft, skinned the logs, lashed them together and got everyone safely across the water.
Hard work and perseverance got the pioneers west. What have you done today to persevere?