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Blog entry by hairy posted 548 days ago 2015 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, not that hard really. I found a Woodcraft gift card under the lump of coal in my Christmas stocking. I turned that into a shingle froe.http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2020168/19675/shingle-froe.aspx

Made by Peavey Manufacturing, Eddington, ME since 1857. It’s a good one.

I have some wood that came to me as firewood sized pieces in my little shed. I tried it out on some walnut and ash. It works very well. actually. The most work is lifting the mallet I made. Hackberry, it’s gotta be good for something.


This is from a log I chainsawed in half. I used both halves doing this.

One good whack will do it.

I split a piece of ash into quarters.

I mounted each piece between centers on my lathe and used a drawknife to remove the bark and roughly square up the blanks. It’s not quite S4S, but it’s good enough for spoons, spindle and bowl blanks.They’re going to hang out with me in the basement while I see how the rest of the drying goes.

One of the walnut halves showed a little crack, so I split it at the crack. The other half shows the same crack, I’m going to keep my eye on it to see what happens.

I chainsawed the logs into halves and sealed the end grain before putting them in my shed back in May 2011. Today I wrote the date, weight and moisture content on each piece.

All this took little over an hour, including clean up time. That’s a days work for me.

If you want to know the right way to do this, here’s a link.http://www.leevalley.com/us/shopping/Instructions.aspx?p=67296

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...



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#1 posted 548 days ago

That mallet is a beast!

How are you liking your Sweet 16? I’ve been drooling for a Robust ever since I found out about them a year ago.

-- Fergie in CO

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#2 posted 547 days ago

I like it more and more all the time. It is well designed and well built.

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#3 posted 232 days ago

Hi Hairy, i just read all your blogs. They are all very interesting and somewhat humor as. Can I ask what type of camera u use. My better half always ask me why I am building that because its FUN is my reply. Please keep your posts coming…. ED

-- Ed Port Republic

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#4 posted 231 days ago

Thanks Edwin! I’m using a Nikon Coolpix 4500 that I’ve had for at least 10 years. It keeps working so I’ll keep using it.

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