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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in woodland care.

Buildings tend to stay drier with roofs on them.   Wood shakes have been used for a very long time and they last as long as asphalt shingles.  Here's a great video that shows wood shingles and wood shakes on the same building, how to shingle and how to cleave the shakes with a froe.


To get certified for this BB, post the following pics:  

- Wood chunk before splitting
- action pic
- 6 rough shakes, 20 inches long and at least 6 inches wide

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For those who attempt this, please get the right kind of wood with the associated correct amount of green-ness or dryness.  All we had at the PEP1 event was semi-dry, semi-fungi infested pine.  So we split a chunk into fourths with multiple wedges, froes and sledge hammering.  Then I cleaved the shakes with a froe for the first bit, then two mallets with the froe handle removed for the next couple inches, then a chunk of 1x6 pine as a punch to hammer the back side of the froe blade down through the pine.  Half of the attempted shakes split apart or didn't go all the way through the billet before splitting out the face.  It was moderately frustrating.

I made 7 shakes since one had a missing bit at the top and another was 1/2" too narrow (average width was 7" though).  I shaved them with the shave horse and a draw knife.  Green wood would have been very helpful for this part.  

The shakes are very thick but they are 21" long so I think they're as good as I want to make them.
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Round of wood that began the struggles
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Phew, it's quartered
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Split out shakes look pretty rough
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Smoothed out and lined up for the camera
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I look forward to cleaving shakes with the right kind of wood. The feeling will be that much better when the time comes and I'll be thankful for the experoence for this BB to get me there. The first piece was from a pine that was out in the elements for two years. That wasn't going as smooth as I imagined so I cut some green wood from another pine that Ken fell during the PEP event.
The round didn't meet the requirments for the width so I cleaved the whole round kind of shaving it off. I don't reccomend that not only for the reason of difficulty but also the shake might warp when it dries out.
Cleaned up the shakes slightly on the shave horse with a draw knife.
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First victim
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Second trial
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Quarter of the first round
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Here is me applying for the pep badge
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Cedar bolt before splitting along with froe
Cedar bolt before splitting along with froe
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during splitting
during splitting
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more splitting
more splitting
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heaving the shakes off
heaving the shakes off
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what one of them looks like
what one of them looks like
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All split up
All split up
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another of them all split up
another of them all split up
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One more pic from Jordan's other post showing the shear volume of shakes he made:
 
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Here is my submission for the Woodland Care - Sand - Cleave 6 Shakes with a Froe BB.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
- Wood chunk before splitting
- action pic
- 6 rough shakes, 20 inches long and at least 6 inches wide

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Cedar Log for Shakes
Cedar Log for Shakes
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Pounding Froe into Section of Log
Pounding Froe into Section of Log
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Prying Shake
Prying Shake
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Six Shakes all 21" long
Six Shakes all 21" long
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Smallest Shake is 6" wide
Smallest Shake is 6" wide
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Cleaned up on shave horse with draw knife
Cleaned up on shave horse with draw knife
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Cleaved 6 shakes with a Froe. The cedar I was using was a bit twisty, but I learned a lot about cleaving and froes in the process anyways.
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Wood chunk
Wood chunk
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22”
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6.5 inches wide or wider
6.5 inches wide or wider
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I cleaved 6 shakes from a cedar log using a froe and a mallet!
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log before starting
log before starting
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Finished shakes
Finished shakes
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Making cedar shakes today, I tried to make them fairly thin then flattened the sides with a draw knife.
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Cedar chunks
Cedar chunks
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All split and flat
All split and flat
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I split a cedar log to make these shakes. There were some significant knots but I was able to work around them and in some cases actually pull them out.

I've included a picture of the wood chunk before splitting (you can see the black lines drawn with a Sharpie where I planned to start), an action pic of the final split of one piece into two shakes, and the final picture of 6 rough shakes, with a tape measure included for reference.
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