Tree sap harvest pegs / spiles

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Project by mafe posted 05-13-2017 10:16 PM 1425 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tree sap harvest pegs / spiles.
for joy and for friends

Simple pegs / spiles for harvesting birch sap.
Beech parts from a trashed wine rag gets new life.
Just turning as I go, no plan just tapered to app. the same size, so it will fit the drill size and a head that will allow one to tie a bottle or bucket to the peg, or make a hole in the side of the bottle that fits over it.
I also tapered the inside for easy cleaning and to make the sap run easier.
It’s best to use food grade oil and wax.

1. Tree sap harvest pegs..
2. Trashed wine rag gets new life.
3. Oil and wax.
4. Splitting.
5. Drilling and opening.
6. A few hours in linseed oil.

Plenty of videos out there on how to harvest, so I will not go into this.

I made a pair of extra sets for two of my friends, here Claus smoking the corn pipe as I teach him how to make fire with different methods, while we hike by the Danish coast in the cold winter.
On our last tour we tried to harvest sap but the trees were not ready to give, so I hope we will get some of the spring sap.

Made my self a pair of hand drills also, so I can bring them in the pocket.
The one with red is for the pegs.

I just made a little blog so you can see how the augers are made also, since these are not made of wood…
See the blog here:

Perhaps this can inspire others to harvest natures gifts.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 05-13-2017 10:49 PM

Wow those will collect “nature’s energy drink” and what a satisfaction will that be … everything is so nicely done !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#2 posted 05-13-2017 10:56 PM

Those look great! I miss having birch trees around to tap. Definitely one of nature’s greatest little treats


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#3 posted 05-13-2017 11:05 PM

Wonderful, wish I could be there when you tap those trees!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#4 posted 05-13-2017 11:25 PM

100 years from now, people will see those pegs and say, “Ahh, these look like the work of Master Mafe”...
Your legacy will be rich my friend.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#5 posted 05-14-2017 12:04 AM

Lovely pegs. Enjoy the natures nectar!

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 05-14-2017 12:24 AM

Pretty cool, Mads. What do yo do with the Birch sap? Make syrup like with maple trees?

Cheers, My friend….....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 05-14-2017 01:07 AM

It was illegal when I was young to tap birch trees but we did it anyway .
We would drill a small hole an stick a piece of pie cut in half for this and a tin can to collect the sap .
My Dad used it on his hair to make it grow and it did work well and also drank it .

-- Kiefer

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 05-14-2017 01:20 AM

Very interesting…

Can I tap a Pine tree? ... and for what purpose? :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 05-14-2017 02:35 AM

Just did the New York Times cross word puzzle today and found out that the tap is called a “Spile”. New to me.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#10 posted 05-14-2017 02:42 AM

I had to look up
“What do you do with birch sap?”
Sounds tasty, nice work.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#11 posted 05-14-2017 05:22 AM

Cool Mads. Enjoy! :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#12 posted 05-14-2017 05:34 AM

That’s the story of all my projects – no plans – make as it goes.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 05-14-2017 06:44 AM

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#14 posted 05-14-2017 11:12 AM

Leave it to you to get into doing this…... Nice Mads

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#15 posted 05-14-2017 12:24 PM

This is a very interesting post, Mads. From the looks of your shop you have a tool for just about anything. And may you always be happy in your work, my friend.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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