I had wanted to give my latest posting-up, this one, the title, “Pilluing to the Hilt” but as things evolve it has gotten another equally intriguing title.
Out of my stack of material I hauled this one into the workplace to begin one more bent brace. It has developed what I call a significant splitting suggesting to me that I may want to go ahead and complete the natural consequence of the release of internal tensions freed by sawing.
Looking at the natural split, it is clear where things will end up with just a little encouragement from me and my helpers, glut and commodore, axe and froe, with highly usable wood left for the braces I seek.
And it is so, as the crack exits the side with plenty wood to spare.
Only held up by a few fibers easily severed from on top with a small axe that’s got a long enough reach, so handy for getting down into these splits
From the other direction where the split has begun, I pry it wider open with froe easing it open by cutting through remaining fibers with axe.
And I have removed weakened sections and a full length of full strength- that is to say completely intact structure – is left to me.
Sawn through the middle the separate brace forms begin to emerge.
The surface created like this is crude and yet suggests interesting possibilities to my eye.