This is the tool used by colonial settlers to split shingles, shakes, and lumber for homes in early America. Today the shingle froe is still a primary tool in many traditional woodworking projects...
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- Splitting Froe
- Used for shakes, shingles, and turning blanks
- 15 inch long blade
- 18 inch handle
- Made in USA
I would by this again.
I make items for around the house out of wood from my wood lot.
Going Old School!
Use a wooden maul and not a metal hammer otherwise you will mushroom the top of the blade. I made a maul using an 18" piece of ash. Line up the froe with the end grain of the wood and then lift the handle slightly while keeping the end of the blade in contact with the log then swing down. This will allow for maximum force to be transferred and makes the splitting a lot easier. Do NOT use the froe on a knotted piece of wood. Cheap set screw and after the screw broke during my first use, I hammered the blade with the handle and have not had a problem using it ever since.
Good Hand Tool
Used it to split smaller firewood kindling for cooking fires. And I used it to split boards off of logs for wood working projects.
Great tool for 7" or less logs.
Used this to split fence posts, works great upto 7" diameter timber after this you can feel the blade flexing around the weld area. Generally great value for money tool.
I have never used a shingle froe before. After making a mallet out of a piece of a Walnut tree that came down last spring due to a tornado, I was up and running. The people who used this on a daily basis were real men. I feel weak when I first started using it, but with time and patience I was able to get a few really nice 1/2" planks suitable for use in projects. Like any tool it takes time to learn the basics of how to use it. No matter how much you read about it, nothing builds your skills like actual use of the product. Excellent buy, have most of a 48" diameter Walnut trunk that I will split first with wedges and then to the froe to make planks. the one thing I do really like about the froe is that the grain of the wood runs the length of the piece, unlike sawed wood where there the grain is not contiguous throughout the length of the piece.
Well worth the money
I have always like old time hand tools and this is very well made. It works just like I expected and is very handy for cutting fire wood.