Froe for Shake Splitting

Froes are used to split timbers, wooden shingles and shakes, kindling, and planks for steam bending as the ‘split’ will follow the grain, unlike the result you’d get using a bandsaw mill or chainsaw.

Froes are hit with a wooden Mallet, we find they work best is smooth grain woods, such as Red Cedar. Harder woods depend a bit on the moisture content, diameter of the wood and the straightness of the grain and lack of any knots.

Many folks use a froe to make kindling as it keeps your hands out of the way (unlike using a hatchet), although we’ve generally used ours for shake and shingle making.

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  • Barr Froe

    Barr Froe Barr Froe is made by the now legendary Barr of Barr tools...if you can be called 'Legendary' when you're still swinging a hammer. st0030-froe-barr
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  • Gransfors Bruk Froe #487 Handforged

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    Gransfors Bruk Froe #487 The Gransfors Bruk Froe is  hand forged in Sweden st0030-Froe-Gransfors #487
    $205.00 Product Details
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  • Peavey froe

    Peavey Shingle Froe st0030-froe-usa Peavey Shingle Froe is a light weight, well made froe suitable for shingle making.
    $53.95 Product Details
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  • Froe Mallet

    Froe Mallet st0035-mallet-froe Froe Mallets are made of hard 'Rock Maple', one of the hardest woods in the world...  
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  • Gransfors Bruk Ceramic Axe Sharpening Stone #4034

    Gränsfors Ceramic Grinding Stone #4034 The Gränsfors Ceramic Grinding Stone is a man-made sharpening stone with two grinding faces: a course side (180 grit) for repairing damage and heavy wear, and a fine side (600 grit) for sharpening. st0210-ceramic-stone #4034
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