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Hey everyone, Inspired by the work of John Neeman tools, I have been wanting to shift my iron work to wood working tools. Having some spare time in the shop, I decided to try my hand at forging a Froe. For those of you who do not know what a froe is, I'll explain. A froe is a tool used by old time frontiersmen to make wooden shingles, or short boards. The edge of the froe is set on top of a log sitting on it's end, and then the top edge of the froe is struck by a wooden mallet. When the wood starts to split, you can pull backwards or forwards on the wooden handle to control the direction of the split in the wood. I forged this froe out of a piece of leaf spring, and then hand carved the handle using a draw knife and spoke shave. The handle it's self is made of a piece of Cherry, harvested off of my farm.
I am new to this. Today I made my first tool and forge weld. Took an old farrier rasp, cut off the tang, drew out a tail and forge welded the eye to make this little froe. It seems to have held I torqued the handle pretty good testing it. Would be better if I had some more thickness but I was able to get a wedge profile. Something besides tongs and hooks at least my wife said.