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A log can be split in four with a froe and mallet and roughly shaped on a shave horse with a draw knife (that's another article in itself).
Using the froe, I rived out roughly 5/8-inch-square lengths of black walnut from the 20-inch-long log, which I then rounded using the drawknife and spokeshave-working the wood down to "dowels" a shade more than 1/2 inch in diameter.
That's why golf club heads, loom shuttles and circus mauls (for driving tent stakes) were made from persimmon, as well as mauls for splitting (riving) shingles and yard-fence boards with a froe.
To start the froe into the log bolt, as shown in Figure 3, pound the back of the blade several times with the mallet.
Large froes were used to make shingles, medium-sized froes were used to make barrels and buckets, and small ones, wooden baskets.
This is very different from a drawknife or froe operation.
About three hours worth of labor later (spread out over the course of two weekends), I had become sufficiently reacquainted with my froe, splitting maul, chisels and hand drill that I had a serviceable, if not lovely, hay rake ready to press into service--and press I did.
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Pine shingles are not all that expensive to buy, but I'd prefer to split my own with the froe and mallet.
The only tools needed are the froe, the froe club and a hatchet.