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Ken Hume
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Post Hewing - Bodgers Ball 2014
on: May 19, 2014, 06:44
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At the 2014 Bodgers Ball Julian Bell, curator of the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum demonstrated the process of hewing a log to produce a beam.

Prior to hewing the log is scored and the juggles removed by the hewer who is in this case standing and balancing on top of the log using a scoring axe or better still a long handled Kent pattern hewing axe.

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There after the hewer stands by the side of the log and uses a side axe to smooth the log to produce a good finished face. Mark Allery advises that Julian used a Moss made axe from the Museum tool collection. This was a very traditional English hewing axe made on Moss forges from Chichester to Guildford.

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Merlin Oliva-Knight demonstrated to use of his goosewing axe on a section of the log. The goosewing axe is a continental axe style that is used mainly on softwoods to produce the final finished surface.

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This approach to hewing is widely used however it exposes the hewer to the risk of injury from a deflected axe blow and consequently the hewer should as a minimum wear leg & knee protection.

Ken Hume

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