Felling and Riving a Tree

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  1. GBinGA

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    I hope I picked the right forum to share this video that I found on Youtube when surfing. Some guys felling, riving (splitting) and hewing a huge pine tree to test their theories about how the rafters in a medieval church tower were made. I can't even figure out what country this is in (thankfully there are subtitles). But these boys take their axe work very seriously, and I thought that folks here would enjoy watching.

    edit: I don't know why the video insists on starting in the middle. If you want the whole story just scoot the thing back to the beginning. I'm sure you can tell by my terminology that I'm not as youtube savvy as I might be.

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    That exhausted me!! "My kingdom for a chainsaw"!! :rolleyes:

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    Yeah - Imagine when that sort of work was the most efficient way. People back then must have been hard.

    Look at the skill, though! When they start with the final trimming... I wonder just how long it takes to learn how to use an axe like that.
     
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    No way my leg is inline with an axe.
    I've swung some big hammers all day in my time. If I had to swing a log all day I'd become the preacher instead.
     
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    Excellent video of excellent axemanship
     
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    There is a point right around 11:07 where the log falls into two halves and I was sitting there watching and saying "Jesus, buddy! Watch your legs!" I think the guy is just a hair overconfident working with that huge slab of wood.

    By the way, the video seems to want to start in the middle no matter what I do. I edited the post to mention that because I can't figure out how to fix it. It's a good story if you go all the way back to the beginning and hear what they are trying to accomplish. Also, you don't want to miss how the fellow goes about felling the tree. Interesting technique.
     
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    That was really interesting and I was surprised at how hard it was to split the log, though I guess it was still green and not dried out at all.

    BTW I clicked on the video and immediately clicked to watch on you tube and the video started at the beginning. My guess is that when you copied the URL and linked it here, there was something in that url that makes it start in the middle (perhaps where you were at when you copied the url)?

    Just a guess <shrug>.

    OJ
     
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    I think you are right. I just can't seem to fix it. But I'm sure most folks will see what to do.

    The YouTube share function actually has a feature to start the video at mm:ss, and I recopied the link with the counter set to zero... I'm missing something somewhere.
     
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    Great video. NO WAY I would swing an axe that close to my leg and twords my leg. Those guys have great skill and persistence.
     
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    Well I just tried playing it from the link above and it started at the beginning for me without switching to You Tube, so it looks like you may have fixed it :D:35::dblthumb:

    OJ
     
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    This is great! I'm actually planning a small cabin starting this fall, and I'm super excited to try this eighths method.

    Nice find, thanks for sharing.
     
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    I thought I knew a lot about bush-work, but I have never seen a wedge left in a tree like at 4:20.....learn something new every day! It's a good day to be inspired. Does anyone know if that method is a local tradition or something more related to harvesting logs which will eventually be hand hewn timbers?
     
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    Interesting link!
     
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    That was very cool! I was impressed with the ability to hew so smoothly. Pretty sure if I tried that I would a.) whack my shins to pieces, and b.) end up with something that looked beaver gnawed!
     

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