7: Quality steel sharp things...

Discovered the joy of quality steel today -- after peeling bark with a prybar and framing hammer, I borrowed a 2 beautiful, 50+ yo drawknives today, and an adze, from my friend, Michael. The drawknife made short work of a 16' birch log. If the poplar I'm cutting next is even easier, the cabin is in business!

So,I bought this 2' bark spud, but it's not clearly going to be necessary now that I've borrowed a friend's two beautiful, sharp old drawknives. Wish I had it when I was peeling dry locust. But I did get a sharpening file and stone set, and a timber framing hatchet.


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I use this blog to chronicle certain aspects of my life near the Smokies. I'm building a cabin. I kayak. Sometimes I bike.