This is the scoring that helps get the wedges set into the end grain.
Then I move back and start to swing the sledge hammer a bit; but it’s never really wailing back like John Henry or anything. the idea is to be steady and be able to work a while at this…
You can see the “green” in green woodworking here, the moisture escaping as the wedges do their job.
This one popped open quite easily.
a real flat-splitting log.
When I break off the twisty juvenile wood, there’s more than 5” of width in many of the boards I’ll get here. Some pieces near the bottom of the log might get 8” panels; but nothing wider.
But otherwise, it’s a great oak log. You’ll see more of this log to come.