They started clearing old ash trees from the lot where I work. There was lots of nice wood there so I took a couple pieces. One in particular a piece of green ash about 17" in diameter.
I have been of fan of traditional tools since I started wood working as a hobby. I don't have much in the way of flea markets in my immediate area so I am giving up hope of running into a froe after about 6 months of looking.
I recently found out there was a really good junk yard that has all kinds of metals available. So I figured that I should be able to find what I was looking for there. Maybe even get him to help me with shaping it.
Problem is that I don't know what we be a good choice. I understand the basic concept of a froe. Long edged blade with a handle. Typically wooden. I think what I need to worry about is
- Ensuring the blade is straight. That means thickness
- Able to take and hold a double edge.
- Smith easy enough that you can create a loop on one end for a handle. (I have no intention of being able to in the near future.)
Is the answer just steel? I feel it is steel but wonder, price aside, if there was another option.