At this time getting enough bark when starting is a pain, I know you can grind NPC’s to get enough bark, but for some of us it would be nice with more options than that, using the pickaxe is a pain and hardly a good way to get bark, I mean, the amount of bark we get is very little considering you cut down the whole tree.
Change the skinning knife so you can use it as a scraper to get more bark from trees, the byproduct of using skinning knife on trees ( not dead ones ) could be bark and branches, with the bark gain at 100%. ( or a value you think is better.) and branches likely to be less.
Or introduce a curved axe that could be used for debarking, the vikings used this method when they built their ships. “remove the bark and sapwood and rough-shapes the piece with an axe having a curved head, with a bend away from the central axis of the haft. The curve makes it less likely that the axe will dig in to the workpiece.” Quoted from hurstwic. Source
Also add bark as a byproduct of making shaped wood.
Just a small suggestion for the big bucket that people throw after you.