|Project by ColinVW||posted 05-13-2012 03:50 PM||3162 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
Here is a hay fork I made last spring from a fresh red oak log. The stock was riven from a 6 foot section that was quartered, then split to 8 billets. Each billet was then shaped on a shaving horse and after shaping I ripped out each of the tines from the fat end. Red oak dowels were riven and the billets were then shaped and driven through a steel plate to uniform diameter. A copper pin was used to stop the tines from running down the handle. These hay forks are incredibly strong due to the fact that the stock used was split from the log, exploiting the weakness of the lignin while maintaining the strength of the wood fibers. The grain follows from the tips of the tips to the butt of the handle, no crossing grain gives the hay fork strength and great flexibility. A very quick and fun project. Check out Drew Langsner’s book Country Woodcraft, to learn how to make one, and other useful implements.