Free Wood

The heartwood pieces of some free apple logs after splitting with a froe.

Recently a friend gave me some apple logs from a tree he had to cut down. This weekend I had the time to split these logs. My goal was to eliminate as much sap wood as possible and to break down the logs into more manageable pieces. The picture above shows the logs split and the froe I used to do the work.

Next they will go into the shop and I will saw off more of the sap wood. Then they will go outside under a roof so they are protected from the weather. Here they will spend the summer air drying. In the fall I will rough shape them with a draw knife and turn them round on the lathe. Then they will dry some more in my lathe shop where sometime next winter they will be turned into chisel handles.


Professional furniture maker and restorer. Dealer and collector of vintage and antique woodworking tools.
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