Traditional Woodworking Hand Forged Froe (BTC)

Brand: BTC (New Zealand)

Froes are L-shaped tools used in combination with mallets and wedges to rive green wood along the grain with more precision and finesse than an axe or maul. They are used to make planks, chair parts, tool handles, shingles, basket splints, blanks for spoon carving, and more.

  • $164.00


Description

Froes are L-shaped tools used in combination with mallets and wedges to rive green wood along the grain with more precision and finesse than an axe or maul. They are used to make planks, chair parts, tool handles, shingles, basket splints, blanks for spoon carving, and more.

About froes:

Froes are also known as frow, froward, fromard, frammer, etc. these names may be derived from the fact that this tool is always driven from the user, never towards him; other names are dillaxe, thrower, divider and side knife. The froe used by coopers as well as woodmen, resembles the letter (L) in its general shape; the upright arm is the wooden handle and the horizontal one the steel blade, sharpened on its lower edge.

When cleaving large logs, the cleaver grasps the handle the the left hand, to hold the tool in place, whilst with the right hand strikes the metal blade with a wooden mallet or beetle, so as to drive it through the wood, the handle is used after the fashion of a lever, once the split is begun, to extend it along the log's full length.

Blade shape and construction:

These froes are hand forged in New Zealand with a tapered handle socket and a gentle convex cross-section bevels. 

The cutting bevels will need to be filed by the end user to the desired cutting edge.

The handles we offer are made using dry ash wood treated with two coats of boiled linseed oil.

The froes are available in two sizes:

  • Traditional Woodworker froe with a 300mm blade

(blade length 300mm, width 50mm, weight 1kg without handle)

  •  Traditional Woodworker froe with a 200mm blade

  (blade length 200mm, width 50mm, weight 830g without handle)

 *You can purchase a froe with or without the handle if you wish to make your own.

100% crafted in New Zealand

 

Shipping

Our warehouse is based in Nelson, New Zealand and all transactions are charged in New Zealand dollars. All shipping is charged at $NZD 7.90 including GST for shipping anywhere within New Zealand excluding Great Barrier Island, Waiheke island, Chatham islands, d'Urville Island and Stewart Island.

All goods from a single order will be shipped together. If several orders have been made on the same day, by the same person, to the same delivery address, we will do our best to combine those orders into one shipment unless otherwise instructed.

Shipping is free of charge within New Zealand for all overs $199NZD. This is excluding Great Barrier Island, Waiheke island, Chatham islands, d'Urville Island and Stewart Island.

Please contact us directly on sales@piranhatools.co.nz if you wish to have your goods shipped outside of New Zealand or any of the islands mentioned above and we will advise you of custom shipping costs.

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