I hard come to realize that the oak may be problematic for a first project and there is plenty of pine I can removed bark from and no one will mind. I noticed a dead pine on the side of the road a little more than a mile from my house. And I don't have to watch for bears or their cubs. Maybe a copperhead or eastern rattlesnake, but I can out run them if necessary.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. Winston Churchill