Currently working on some Christmas gifts out of fresh Eastern Red Cedar. I typically buy already finished boards but I'm doing something a little more personal with pieces from a tree on my property. I need some help with general advice concerning red cedar. The sap is seeping out of my cut pieces and I don't know how to get rid of it without staining my pieces. Also, I want to retain the bark on the piece but I'm not sure the best way how. Anyone out there handled these issues before?