Timber Shows... #4: Making a cricket bat...

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Blog entry by degoose posted 09-08-2010 01:23 PM 10929 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The following video was filmed on Sunday at the Canberra Timber and Working with Wood Show… in it you will be able to see Stan Ceglinski making a small cricket bat from Ash… using a Froe and Maul [a froe is a riving knife used for splitting palings or shingles and a maul or mall is a mallet used to drive the froe]

This is just one of the many entertaining demonstrations that Stan puts on over the three days of the show… others include

Various components of a tree
Splitting a tree
Cross cutting – hand saw, petrol chainsaw, electric chainsaw (safety aspects included)
Producing – paling billets, shingle billets
Splitting palings
Splitting shingles
Carving a cricket bat – normal size and miniature
“Riving” timber
Making a “behaviour correctional” device

I hope you enjoy this video and if you can I urge you to attend a show and see this magnificent showman up close…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

5 comments so far

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#1 posted 09-08-2010 01:39 PM

Nice video Larry, overheard someone ( womans voice) asking if they “had a tool like that”. The guy just then was probably wishing you were doing the demonstration on the Torque Workcenter machine instead. Dont have many wood working shows here in SC. I guess the closest would be in Charlotte North Carolina for me.
Again nice video.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#2 posted 09-08-2010 02:26 PM

Thanks for sharing that video Larry. It’s a pleasure to watch someone with his skills using hand tools. It’s also clear that the froe is kept exceedingly sharp.

-- Bill, Austin, Texas,

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#3 posted 09-08-2010 11:09 PM

nice video alright! Should be called a handy guy with a froe ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 09-09-2010 02:29 AM

Hi Larry.

Stan is indeed a master of the froe. I’ve seen one used to split wood before, and have used one that way myself, but never to actually shape wood. Saves you haveing to buy a hatchet.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#5 posted 09-09-2010 11:16 AM

Nice video, Larry. I love the old tools.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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