Hewn Face

On a large-diameter logĀ« Babcock drives in wedges to slab off the wood between scoring cuts.

The hewing stroke is a down and back stroke, with the weight of the ax doing the work. Babcock never lifts the broadax higher than parallel to thegroond.

The broadax is beveled only on one side, like a chisel. The handle can range fron 18 in. to 24 in. long, and is offset toward the bevel to allow clearance between the hewer's band and the log.

The hewing stroke is a down and back stroke, with the weight of the ax doing the work. Babcock never lifts the broadax higher than parallel to thegroond.

The broadax is beveled only on one side, like a chisel. The handle can range fron 18 in. to 24 in. long, and is offset toward the bevel to allow clearance between the hewer's band and the log.

When hewing small logs, Babcock straddles the log, with Ms right leg splayed wide.

When hewing small logs, Babcock straddles the log, with Ms right leg splayed wide.

one side, with the log on his left and his right leg splayed out. Before cutting wood, he takes a slow practice stroke with the broadax to make sure his leg is clear.

Bending over the log, Babcock lifts the broadax no higher than parallel to the ground and lets it drop. The stroke is a paring cut, down and towards him at the same time, taking a light cut. The weight of the broadax does the work. Hewing to the boundary line,

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