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I think the average HN user may be more open to learning new things or at a minimum learning about new things. It's a great place to share that random trivia you know with a good chance someone will be appreciative. I'm a very beginning you might even say aspiring woodworker.

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My hobbies are that, and farming. Which are completely different from what I do at work. Riving is still used for producing timber that needs to have perfectly straight grain with minimal runout, most notably the tops of acoustic guitars. The difference in stiffness between a rived and sawn top can be drastic, with commensurate benefits in tone.


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NeedMoreTea 11 months ago. Also for the production of English long bows for hundreds, possibly thousands, of years. They carefully included heartwood for the front and sapwood for the rear of the bow. That gave the bow the most strength and benefits of a modern laminate bow in a single piece of wood. AngryData 11 months ago.

Also, baseball bats.

Wood roofing shakes are riven. And wine barrels. The article was hosted on hurstwic. It does not claim that riving is purely a Viking technique. I suppose it could have mentioned that, but I doubt the author ever considered their article making it to the front page of HN. TimTheTinker 11 months ago.

Ancient armies regularly hacked at each other with these battle axes, along with swords, spears, and other sharp weapons. It was as normal as guns are today. I think he meant sadistic purely in the context of woodworking, not in the context of military. I own a table saw and have been working with wood as a matter of practical necessity for the past several months while renovating a home; this article wouldn't be the first time I've stumbled upon the term riving in the context of woodworking. So when a image photojournal describing a manual woodworking procedure concludes with a battle axe pose remarking on its ability to chop through a leg bone, the prose struck me as aggressively misplaced.

I mean table saw and chain saw accidents are relatively commonplace and surely claim a fair number of limbs every year, but the efficiency of a woodworking tool in its misuse case isn't typically paraded as a metric of merit Thanks for explaining. I'm not even sure it's about battle, I think it's just being aware of where misplaced a axe blow will end up missing your target when chopping wood and hitting yourself in the shin or foot is a common injury. Oh and boy has that happened to me. Not an axe specifically but a machete!

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I thought he or she was calling severing a leg with a battle axe sadistic which I disagree with, depending on the context. Given what I believed to be strict woodworking context and before GP shined light on the combat training mission of the host organization, that's exactly what I was thinking.

I hadn't realized that the intent of the photojournal was to demonstrate manual riving as a means of fabricating a weapon handle. VBprogrammer 11 months ago. My house built in around still has lath and plaster ceilings wooden battens with plaster applied over the top of it. The lath is made from riven oak because it needs the strength at quite small dimensions. PhasmaFelis 11 months ago. What's the advantage of that technique?

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The wood is stronger, as stated by several post above, because the wood fibers are intact all the way through the piece. This is important for chairs in particular, because they take quite large stresses for their size and weight. Apparently green wood is easier to carve as well - I don't have direct experience of that. And finally, it can be steamed and bent. That's how you get the curved wood pieces in chairs.

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Rive first, true the dowel later; use a trivial cylindrical hydraulic cavitation method, extract dowels Packing group twice, cavitate once mon. I suppose you take off your ring and stick it on one side of the branch, push it with a series of hardwood staves while a friend brakes the stock so that a density minimum always appears true, ahead of the ring, and then continue until the limit theorem packing fails to brake?

This must explain why so many broom handles are crap - they have been cut. Check out her books 'Make a Chair from a Tree'. I do this kind of woodworking as a hobby.


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  • A lot of the material I use has been riven or split from firewood or yard trees. I mostly use dry or half dry wood, but sometimes also green stuff. It is a bit time consuming, but not that much when I take into account that I don't need to be transporting stuff to a sawyer and back home, then to a shop with jointers and planers and whatnot. I can do it all in my home shop with a handful of tools whenever I want. NightlyDev 11 months ago. Riving rive means tearing or splitting in Norwegian and English.

    The word comes from Old Norse and is commonly used in Norwegian, but I didn't know it also was an english word. To me "I couldn't open it, so I had to rive it. If it is a word in English outside of a wood working context, it must be obsolete. I don't think you'd have much luck being understood if you slipped it into casual conversation. Split valley[1]. The "deep valley of the cleft" reconstruction in the article feels a bit forced for Tolkien, but I can't see immediately that they weren't his words.

    If you want to scare yourself some time, watch the shingle sawyers do this with power tools. That's interesting, but riving them with a shingle axe looks faster to me. At least the guys I've seen do it. And there's no wasted material, or very little at least, compared to a saw kerf. I had to stop when it got to the guy casually smoking a cigarette and manipulating logs while not looking as they came out of the 2-foot-diameter spinning blade of death.

    There's a video somewhere that's even worse, where the guy is also doing the 2 foot diameter blade by hand as well instead of it being autofed. I rather like this video. I aspire to chop so well. The wood looks like somewhat dried aspen, not the worst to chop. Not to dismiss her skill, at all. Reminds me of a scene in "Happy People", a documentary about life in the Russian taiga, where the hunter fashioned a pair of skis by splitting a tree. The word ski even etymologically comes from a split piece of wood.

    Planks created by riving can have a triangular cross-section rather than a rectangular cross-section. You can create "rectangular boards" by riving too. Fun fact, this is the same root as Riven. Or rift. ProxCoques 11 months ago. You need wood that'd fit into your stove but only have maybe fallen trees around? Well, duh. That's what you do.

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    You cut it to the convinient length, take an ax and split 'em. The crafts and stuff grow from that. How do you think boards were made before sawmills? I mean, really, people were building log cabins for thousands of years before vikings. How do you think the logs were cleaned of bark and brought to more or less uniform diameter for that? This same technique and instruments. I wish the photos were bigger - as someone who has no idea about woodworking, it's hard to tell what's actually going on in some of them.