Im burning up the forum today I know..mainly because its all I can do with this damn flu/pneumonia
Im just wondering how many of you have used a powder wedge. Im talking about the kind used to split long logs or knotty wood using black powder. I couldnt find any here locally and I know they havent been made in years so I started making them on the lathe here in the shop. Ive been experimenting with different designs. They were common in eastern NC during the tobacco heyday for getting wood up for tobacco barn firing. Machine shops in rural areas kept them on hand. That was long before chainsaws.
They can be very handy. Its hard to use them in an urban setting because of the tremendous report but they will split wood you cant otherwise.
Ive attached some pis of the ones Ive made.