Thanks for the guide, first time barbing - went Axe (deathgaze) using Nimmenjuushin but I see both are very similar. Though could potentially mix with Iceburst for - res (just count 25 hard points would be -46% enemy cold res to which 30% of phys dmg is converted). Not sure if Iceburst effect counts towards it only or also for a while to use different skills.
Anyway I think on switch you could use craft + one of items that have "X% bonus damage to mark of the wild"
I am using Witchhunter's Hood as a mid game option for 5% DR 5% max res mostly.
Any reason to not do craft shield? I see other S(S)(S)u shield options that could work to cap block easier.
I am trying to craft barb shield with +2% block (+other useful mods).