More Safety, Chainsaw….Broadax
Well that’s it….LOL
....I’m not able to blog my story I had thought to put in here this morning, since I was looking through the forums and I saw a question asked about; “If you where a hand plane?”! This got my mind to turning and so where I was going to go with “Slabbin’ at Wood” is out the door for today.
Also let me say that I need to go and set up some photo jigs, so that I can also take some pictures of how the saw is in position for the rip cuts. This is not easy for me to do as I also once explained in an-other blog story, that I’ve not yet quite evolved into a creature yet with four hands….maybe three, but not four. I had planed on doing this last evening, but by that time, my day was done and the sun was going down…. and my mind had all-ready started to shut down in the physical realm.
Ah yes, very good place to add some safety tips, since we are talking about being tired in body and mind….more safety tips to think upon….
”I never use a chainsaw when my body or mind are past their prime of sharpness for the day….”
”I will not go near a chainsaw after I have eaten a meal and I am now stomach full.” Now I know that this one may seem as a hard safety tip to follow, but let me also refine and tune down even a little closer to home. ”I never use a power tool or hand tool after a hard days work, when I have come home and have also eaten supper.”
Some say accidents happen, but I say; ”accidents are brought about by planning to be not safe!”
When your body or mind is past it’s prime for the day and you now engage in activity after a meal on a full stomach, your sense of ‘sharpness’ has been dulled down and you are now ’dumbed down’. If you will be honest with yourself and think back to the near misses and hits you have accumulated over the course of your life, how many came after the evening meal, out in your work shop? Food will slow your reaction times down and lulls one into an area of dangerous false security. I have found that by staying away from food, till my day is done….keeps me on a ‘live edge’ and in oneness with the wood I work. Again just my two cents worth….
....so now one may ask; “if I were a hand plane?”, and what does this have to do with “Slabbin’ at Wood”? Well, if I were a hand plane I would be very sad….since I would have realized that I had missed my goal in life of being a BROADAX!!! To me and my way of thinking a broadax is so much more of an instrument for finishing wood then a hand plane could ever amount to….and the possibilities are endless here. Maybe when I get done with my story blog here on ’’slabbin’ at wood’’, I will get around to doing one on the broadax. Broadax, froe, adzes, slicks….now there’s a good one to use in place of a hand plane….slick, just ‘slick’ that wood away. Contrary to what a lot of folks think, I even use ‘power’ hand planers for getting a finished piece of wood.
So in getting back to the broadax, which timber framers where using before chainsaws, there is the beauty of working the wood with your hands, by an art form of tooling the wood, that not even many today have yet come to realize. Many sizes and shapes are these broadax’s and then there is also….the added responsibility of having to write a new set of safety tips for the broadax….hmmm.
Here’s one picture of a broadax I use for finishing wood and also for distressing the wood….
Now lets look at some more rip cuts in some pine and the slabs created, that are by chainsaw….
....and an-other view from topside….
....two logs here, one was large enough to also rip out an inside slab….
....what one rips is according to what you are creating for, some slabs make very good bench tops, while some are used for rustic furniture….
....and in all of this their is much freedom to let the wood express it’s-self. Pine makes for some nice bench tops and flower benches as this one was ripped with a chainsaw and then finished with a ‘power’ hand planner….legs are lilac….
....and then I also happend to notice what one of cats was thinking about all this….’half-lap’ seemed to just take it all in stride….
And yes I will get those pictures soon of the ‘how-when-where-why’ of my rip cutting jigs, which are in essence very simple and yet very usefull.
Now I want to mention that I’m not ‘be-littling’ any who use ‘hand planes’ or are asking questions….but then at times my own ‘two cents’ of humor quicks in and what can I say….”if I were and if I could, I would be a BROADAX”!!!
”....work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood….”
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/