When a Laplander just won't do

  • Hey Guest, We're having our annual Winter Moot and we'd love you to come. PLEASE LOOK HERE to secure your place and get more information.
    For forum threads CLICK HERE

Kadushu

Full Member
Jul 29, 2014
330
294
Kent
Bit of an update that I thought might amuse some here

Needed to clear the dropping part of the wood yard because there may be another lorry load inbound so decided to split some of the rounds today.

Scots pine wood yard by English Countrylife, on Flickr

I favour a sledge hammer & steel wedges for this as the rounds are too heavy to lift onto a splitter

Wedge splitting by English Countrylife, on Flickr

Wedge splitting by English Countrylife, on Flickr

Sledge and wedge splitting by English Countrylife, on Flickr

Now the big rounds are Scots pine & man are they heavy. Only felled this week. Literally dripping with sap

Pine sap by English Countrylife, on Flickr


Split pine sap by English Countrylife, on Flickr

The other thing that was startling was the amount of "fatwood" veins

Fatwood pine knot by English Countrylife, on Flickr

This particular tree was loaded with resin packed pine knots. I recall reading how these, knocked out with the back of an axe, mad bright "candles" when thrown on the fire in poorer houses

Pine knot fatwood by English Countrylife, on Flickr

Axe and fatwood pine knot by English Countrylife, on Flickr

I've knocked out a few pine knots and pieces of fatwood for lighting the stove :wink:

Hugh

The sound of those rounds cracking open must be glorious!!
 
  • Like
Reactions: British Red

British Red

M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)
Dec 30, 2005
25,774
692
Mercia
The sound of those rounds cracking open must be glorious!!
Actually with wedges there's a better sound. With big thick rounds once you've driven one or two ten inch wedges in and the crack begins to run, if you stop, the round can be heard creaking & groaning! Another wedge in the run will give the satisfying "crack!", but I love the groan as the fibres resist.
 
  • Love
Reactions: Kadushu

Hultafors Outdoor knife for Sale

We have a a number of Hultafors Outdoor Knives with Firesteels for sale.

You can see more details here in this thread OUTDOOR KNIVES The price is £27 posted to the UK. Pay via the paypal button below.