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Making planking the old fashioned way

Discussion in 'Birchbarks, Dugouts and Indigenous Craft' started by beaver, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. beaver

    beaver Birchbark CanoeingBuilder

  2. Rob Stevens

    Rob Stevens Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    Wow, that's an amazing chronicle, Ferdy.
    Thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. David McDaniel

    David McDaniel Canoe Dude


    Way way way cool !
    Thanks for sharing.
    later Dave
  4. rakwetpaddle

    rakwetpaddle paddle dipper

    To be continued, I hope?
    Ralph Kohn
  5. Howard Caplan

    Howard Caplan Wooden Canoe Maniac

    Thanks for the pics.
    Question: Do you ever use a froe? If not, why?
  6. OP

    beaver Birchbark CanoeingBuilder

    I have never used a froe because I rarely split any wood that is wide enough to use one. When I do split out wider stock I just make a score the width of the split with my axe, drive in the axe with a mallet; then work it down with wedges. The grain does the rest. You just can't beat the versatility of the axe eh.
    Froes are more for making shingles.

    Ferdy Goode
  7. garypete

    garypete LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Birchbark Canoe Universal Tool

    Seems one can't do much authentically on a birchbark canoe until a crooked knife has been made. If several people wanted to make these special knives for working on a birchbark canoe, where would they go for good instructions on making a crooked knife?

  8. Rob Stevens

    Rob Stevens Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

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