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Bark spud takes out the shock

This old axe’s chopping days may be numbered, but it could be used as a bark spud.

Traditional bark spuds are made of a relatively flimsy blade attached to a 1.5m wooden grip. The tool serves its purpose, yet it fails to absorb the blow-backs to which it is exposed as the operator goes about his job. Instead, due to its low weight it transfers all of those shocks directly to the operator. The bark spud pictured here was made from a scrapped axe welded to a 30mm steel tube, complete with a scrapped ball hitch on the end of the handle. This heavy-duty tool offers plenty of inertia to soak up most blows as well as being more than capable of removing thicker branches/bark.

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Last updated: 19.11.2014
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