Living History: Saws and Axes
With a spud, bark will be peeled from the green log. Then glancing strikes with a broad axe will make round square, and a beam will begin to be formed. The log will be rolled and each side shaped accordingly. With this type of work, tools must be sharpened with a stone.
Additionally, a saw buck is being presented with lengths of white ash. The ash will be sawed using a two-man saw. Participation in this activity is encouraged, as success in sawing depends on coordination between sawyers. The saw was hand sharpened with a flat file and whetting stone. Saws were also maintained by a set tool that would serve to offset teeth in order to achieve a bite with each pass.
New York Heartwoods is a specialist in reclaiming and re-purposing dead, dying and diseased local white ash and other local woods. All wood for these presentations is courtesy of New York Heartwoods. http://www.newyorkheartwoods.com