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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 certify that this badge bit is complete!

 
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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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I certify that this badge bit is complete!

 
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Here is me applying for the pep badge
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Cedar bolt before splitting along with froe
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during splitting
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more splitting
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heaving the shakes off
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what one of them looks like
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All split up
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another of them all split up
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I hereby certify this BB is complete!

 
Mike Haasl
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One more pic from Jordan's other post showing the shear volume of shakes he made:
 
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