Kim and Barb dropped off two 6.5 foot long white ash logs today. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Both logs were about 16" diameter. I split out one of the logs this evening for bow staves.
I start on one end with the hachet.
Then I work my way down the log with wedges.
The log split pretty easily, really.
So, there's the first log split into 8 staves. It took about 30 minutes.
Now to paint the ends and let them cure for a while. Painting the ends keeps the moisture in so they don't crack from drying out too quickly.