The Oak and Ash wreathed mountain behind the house in wales was hung in mist today. I was searching for timber to haft a Gift-Axe I produced with my brother. The axe I will show you another time.
I found a small tree that had fallen a few years ago which was not rotten and covering part of the track. The trunk was quartered with a hand axe then wedges were made from the same timber.
The wedges are driven into existing cracks in the timber one after another. This method splits the timber easily but more importantly doesn’t compromise the natural strength of the wood
Next the best piece will be chosen and hewn to shape before being fitted to the head.