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Logging tongs
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Lazy Al    Posted 01-18-2004 at 06:58:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yesterday we decided to try and make a pair of
logging tongs . So I picked up Don and we went over to Ernie's and spent the day making them . I don't think it got above freezing but we were dressed warm and had fun doing it .
Don took the pictures and sent them and an explaintion that I will Post in responce to this .

REt    Posted 01-18-2004 at 11:14:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now that is what I call being craftsmen, making something better than you can buy and knowing you done it yourself. Thanks for the pics guys, you sure are living right

~Lenore    Posted 01-18-2004 at 09:28:07       [Reply]  [No Email]

So that is how you guys spend a freezing day up there in the north lands!

Yawl sure looked proud of your accomplishment.
Thanks for sharing the adventure in pictures.

Les    Posted 01-18-2004 at 08:47:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Looks a lot like the pair my brother has. He uses them with his backhoe to move logs onto the skids at the sawmill. Also in the woodyard to move logs out of the pile and nearer to where he'll cut them up and split them.

I want those!    Posted 01-18-2004 at 07:45:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nicest ones I have seen in a long time and just the size I NEED!

Salmoneye, Who Is Still Using A Cinch To Snake Logs

TO35    Posted 01-18-2004 at 07:33:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nice job on those tongs, They should work well.


Al    Posted 01-18-2004 at 07:01:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
An email from my good friend Al sparked my interest yesterday.
It was an invitation to help him with the project of building a set of logging tongs from scratch. We have some mutual friends who have built a blacksmith shop and they were already on board with the plan. Al picked me up a little before 10:00 AM and off we went. He had cut a couple of bars of 7/8" steel rod and by the end of the day we hoped they would become a tool.

Log tongs are a tool as old as the iron age in one form or another. There used to latch onto a length of timber that has been cut down to pull it out of the woods. They have two pronged arms that through the use of a pivot point, when pulled these prongs sink into the wood and hang on. You hook your chain to the tongs and the other end to your horse or tractor. Now off you go, dragging your log behind you with a very quick and solid connection.

The challenge of the day was to build them the way they might have been built hundreds of years ago... Our pal Ernie had built a small coal fire in the forge just before we pulled into their snow covered drive way. The temperature was in the teens and a foot of white, blanketed the roof of their log blacksmith shop. The ends of the two steel rods were stuck into the fire and we were off. Turns were taken cranking the bellows to get the steel red/white hot and pounding the pieces on the anvil. First we had points and then bent shapes. Next holes were pounded through the red/white hot flattened arms. Clevis and rivets were made. A large steel ring with a forge weld was crafted and pieces and parts fitted. All the while, only using fire and steel.

By late afternoon with a masterful hand by Erny's talented and beautiful wife Darla (The real blacksmith in the group), We had a fine set of logging tongs. We all had fun and Al and I learned a lot from our friends. A great day in the Great White North. Take a look at the pictures I took of the project by clicking on this Link : Logging_Tong_Photo_Album

deadcarp    Posted 01-18-2004 at 07:20:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
well those oughta work good al! have you tried them out yet? my setup has a winch on the trailer so if i need to drag one up, i just latch the cable around, kick a ramp around and here she comes. the real monsters get chubbed where they fell.

i have 3 homemade tools for cleaning my chimney from inside the shed, i'll also mention my 2 most useful firewood gadgets: the scallabber (it has a better name but can't remember it - like a peavy with a fixed hook) is basically a hook on a handle and is used to turn, roll and break loose logs/chubs, and i have a dandy huge 2-prong (all-metal) fork for loading the stove. that was $25 from charmaster - that guy makes them up. boy with those 2 things, you'll save many pinched fingers and scorched gloves. :)

deadcarp-pickaroon    Posted 01-18-2004 at 07:23:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
pickaroon, thats the right name for the scallabber - why can't i remember that? :)

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