I got a good sized broad axe off of EBay (about 11 pounds, edge somewhere around 12" +-) and between that and a felling axe, hewed the pine beam. It is heavy work - especially with such a heavy axe ;)
but in some ways easier than I thought it would be. I think years of hitting moving targets with a stick made hitting a precise stationary target with an axe relatively simple.
One thing I strongly recommend that I still haven't got hold of myself - log dogs. It really makes the job easier if the log is not trying to move on you the whole time!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Peter Ellison" <pellison@...> wrote:
> I'm about to head down the green path. I really enjoyed reading the
> "Making a stool from a tree" and really want to try the process,
> also watching old Woodwright shows is also making the process seem much
> more doable. I need to do is find a suitable tree for the stool
> On a related note I have two pine trees that have to
> come down the drought has been hard on evergreens in my yard, might need
> to take down a third one. The local tree guys sound willing to cut
> the trees down so that the timber can be salvaged.
> I was going
> to request that they cut the chunks in 6-8 feet of the main trunk. I
> figured that I'd be able to move a piece that sized. Then strip the
> bark and hew them up into timbers and figure out what to do with them
> later (I'd like to make a new workbench out of them). Worst case the
> dude next door is a burly lad with a chain saw who likes backyard fires
> I'm guessing that it will be a fair amount of work to hew
> the timbers, how did you square them, an axe, saw or adze ?
> > Thanks Conal for letting me join ;)
> > I've been working a bit this summer with greenwood, thanks to
> having to
> > remove several trees from my property this summer.
> Hewn a beam from a
> > pine log, made a cleaving break, currently
> working on a workbench and then
> > I need to redo my shaving horse.
> At some point there will be a pole lathe
> > too.
> > And probably a post and beam frame with wattle walls and a canvas
> roof so
> > I can work when it rains- maybe even a little wood stove
> to let me work in
> > the winter.
> > Anyone else
> working greenwood, rather than kiln dried stuff?
> Gavin Kilkenny