The Sound of Locust Splitting

Here’s how that locust log I’m using in my new fence sounded when I split it with my sledge and wedge. Locust is known for being one tough wood. Rot resistant, too. But what’s less known is how it crackles and pops when it’s split. I made you a recording of what it sounds like to split the locust log below.

Click on the audio below for the sound of locust splitting.

The sound of locust splitting
One of the 4 wedges I used to split that log. You can see how twisted and intertwined locust grain is. Those fibers tearing – and me sledging on the wedge – is what you hear in the recording.
Hot damn! First locust rail in place. This is the corner for a new fence I’m building out behind our cabin.

After I split all those rails by hammer and sledge (I’m up to almost 40 now) I realize why the few people that split locust rails for fences use hydraulic splitters….

4 Responses to The Sound of Locust Splitting

  • Also, they use front-end loaders or at least a hydraulic arm to lift said locus rails, instead of a … posthole digger. But its like photography, where wise man say, best camera is camera you have in pocket. Or something like that. You get what I mean, I’m sure…

    In any event, the end result is spleeeeendid! Love it!

    Christian

    • Thing about it is, if I had the hydraulic rail splitter, the front end loader and the pile driver, I’d be tempted to fence in the whole damn place. Which, given that I haven’t finished the first 400 feet, would be mean I’d never finish.
      Sledge and wedge baby, sledge and wedge. Okay and a brother that knows how to run a post hole digger.
      When did you say it was you’re coming back to help….?!

  • Hello Bernie just wanted to say good to see you writing again. Looks like you have been busy what a crazy year this has been with this virus BS. We wanted to take a vacation and come to see you but, Pam’s mom been sick and her dad as well who just passed away.

    • Hi Dave, Oh man, so sorry hearing about Pam’s dad passing away. Sure seems like you’re going through a lot this year.
      Good to hear you’re enjoying the posts. I’ve always gone through periods of travel and homestead. On compliments the other. This latest fence project will be a great improvement to our barn yard.
      If you’re ever around be sure to drop by. Just gives a ring to make sure we’re not off the farm riding up them mountain or off hunting locust posts.
      Have a great weekend and give everyone a big howdy from me!
      Bernie

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