hand-hewed rail sleepers in Western Australia

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hand-hewed rail sleepers in Western Australia

Postby gavin » Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:00 pm

When they hand-hewed rail sleepers in Western Australia... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knTYjI6 ... 33B96DF4BF

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Re: hand-hewed rail sleepers in Western Australia

Postby simon » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:31 am

Not seen that one, thanks. At least he seem to have a new pair of boots at the end.
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Re: hand-hewed rail sleepers in Western Australia

Postby Brian Williamson » Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:03 pm

Good stuff!

I had an article in a TATHS Magazine of some years back along similar lines.

It showed pictures of a guy working much bigger diameter logs. He was hewing narrow channels down the length of the log and then levering the individual sleepers out of the baulk. It didn't, unfortunately, show pictures of him levering, so I can only guess at how he managed that.

The author claimed that a good sleeper man could make 60 sleepers in a single day! (that was in sleeper-making competitions, though).

He was also rather sniffy about the european adzing tradition, maintaining that the broad axe was both quicker and left a better finish.

I believe that Aussies like to brag, but it was hard to get my head around both the numbers involved and the finish that they were looking for.

Unfortunately. I can no longer find the article to back-up the claims.

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