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 03-23-2006, 15:32 Post: 126585
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Here's something I ran across on Ebay. Light them and run! They might be a good conversation piece.
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 03-24-2006, 03:20 Post: 126601
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I've heard the ol timers talk about them can not recall ever seeing one. My dad knew about them I recall him saying something about cost of powder vs hyd.

Let us know how they work, when you get them. Smile






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 03-24-2006, 06:48 Post: 126604
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Dave, is that you that's the high bidder? I bet it would be hard to find such a collection.






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 03-24-2006, 07:45 Post: 126608
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No Art. I was tempted to put in a bid but I'll have to let someone else enjoy these beauties.
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 03-24-2006, 07:56 Post: 126610
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 Black powder splitting wedges

Dave, who ever is selling these things obviously doesn't even know what he has for sale.

They are not splitting wedges, they are FELLING wedges, there's a big difference!!

Not to say they wouldn't split a log open, they certainly would do that!

They are designed to 'push over' a tree that is so vertical it won't fall on it's own, or to help re-direct a tree if it's leaning a little the wrong way. They would be driven into a drilled hole on the opposite side to where you want the tree to go after the tree is mostly cut through. The explosion of the charge lifts the back side of the tree enough to get it off balance and going the direction you want. They would often use 3 of them on big trees, adjusting the length of the fuses such that the center would blow, then a second or two later two more closer to the 'hinge' of uncut wood in the center would blow.

They were not only expensive to use, they were obviously pretty dangerous too.

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 03-25-2006, 06:43 Post: 126632
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Murf,

Thanks for clearing that up, the other explanation seemed so bizarre, and doing what was suggested by the seller would probably kill the buyer.






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 03-25-2006, 09:01 Post: 126637
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 Black powder splitting wedges

Makes sense to me, although I have never seen any falling black power wedges but at least I have heard of them. I thought I had seen nearly all the early old milling and logging equipment, with a great grandfather in the business in the Muskokas in the 1880's through the 1920's and growing up in northern BC. We had a complete steam power mill in the woods on the Skeena River. Logging equipment was all over the place in the woods.






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 03-25-2006, 10:27 Post: 126639
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Ever see a 12 foot long two man chainsaw? One guy is on the motor end and the other is at the tip. Those things are scary.






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 03-25-2006, 12:19 Post: 126642
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I used to watch my Dad and my Uncle run a two man chainsaw, but not nearly that long, probably a five or six ft bar. I don't have a clue what brand it was but it had a set of handle bars on each end for them to operate it. I think all they did was fell the tree with the two man then cut the rest with crosscut saws and axes into lengths that could be lifted onto a buzz saw on the front of a tractor. Those old buzz saws were a grizzly machine too, several old timers I remember lost fingers in them. Frank.






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