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Starting Small (finished Firewood pictures)
« on: March 28, 2024, 06:11:10 pm »
Iím going to start a thread here to show how we can learn so much from a piece of basically scrap wood.

Something you arenít going to feel so bad about if it doesnít work out.

Iím going to start out with this pretty knarly piece of Osage.

Itís short, crooked and has a limb coming out of it.

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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2024, 06:21:21 pm »
I cut off the end to see where my back is going to be
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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2024, 06:26:44 pm »
Remember this isnít about showing exactly how to do everything.

Itís just getting someone whoís a little nervous about trying something on their expensive stave theyíve never done before. To give them a chance to try it on something less valuable.

Iíll explain some of the how but mostly I hope to get some to see what they can learn from scraps.

The first thing we can learn is how to chase a ring.

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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2024, 06:27:49 pm »
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Well I'll say!!  Osage is king!!

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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2024, 06:32:45 pm »
I like good dry Osage for chasing rings. Itís harder wood but I can really hear and feel the early wood just above my ring.

I leave a little early wood with my draw knife and then come back and clean it up with my scraper.

I find in my shop. I can see the rings better with the light source above and behind me.

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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2024, 06:39:28 pm »
Glad to entertain you Arvin. Maybe we can learn something together. If anyone wants to contribute helpful tips feel free to do so. I like learning stuff to.

Sometimes it helps to mark the edge of ring with pencil.

Here I went around the knot with draw knife leaving a little bit on opposite side.

Then I cleaned it up with scraper so I could clearly see where I was.

Then I removed the rest of the ring from opposite direction.

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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2024, 06:44:39 pm »
Start from the side you think has the lowest ring. Start on that ring and donít get lost. Keep cleaning it up with scraper only going a few inches at a time with draw knife in between.

DONT SKIP AROUND. You have to follow the same ring.

It should look like this when youíre done

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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2024, 06:45:51 pm »
Seal the back right away to prevent it from checking.
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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2024, 06:52:49 pm »
When it drys we can try another technique.

This skill you never completely master. It can sometimes go very badly.

Most of the time it works well for me.

I use mostly hand tools. Not because I want to be more primitive but because I feel they work so well for the job.

For removing large amounts of wood from the stave I often use belly splits.

They make tools for this but I donít have one yet. Working on that.

I wouldnít suggest using your favorite draw knife for this but this one was beat on long before I got my hands on it. Iím going to basically use it like a froe.

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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2024, 06:55:29 pm »
I help guide the split with my screwdriver trying to keep it in the same ring as we go.
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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2024, 06:56:34 pm »
That went pretty good.

Now we have another ring we can chase.
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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2024, 06:58:02 pm »
Belly split along side main
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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2024, 07:06:56 pm »
After I chase a ring I remove another belly split. I chase a ring on it. And then take one last belly split.

That piece of scrap allowed us to

Chase four rings. They donít take as long on these little staves either but still good practice

Make three belly splits.

It gave us a inventory of

Either four really short stave to play with

Or four really small billets to play with.

Either way thereís more to learn.

I wasnít originally thinking it but maybe a handle splice.

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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2024, 07:12:16 pm »
Lookin good Bj!   Iím watching this too
Sticks and stones and other poky stabby things.

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Re: Starting Small
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2024, 07:19:29 pm »
Thanks Dave Iíve been working on this on the leatherwall site. I think even some of the veterans might enjoy this.

I have to sort out my pictures

Doing everything on my phone and some photos are reduced and some arenít.
Probably going to stop here for a bit.

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