I cheated and ripped it with a chainsaw, I didn't want to risk a bad split!
A bit of cleaning up with my big adze.
When it comes to adze handles, I have a preference for ones that aren't broken.
I've no idea who made this adze, or the handle.
Take two. I have had this Ochsenkopf adze for years, but never used it.
Its got a much narrower edge, and a different length handle, so I had to shrink my legs to use it.
To my surprise, it works really well. There's a bit more work to do, but I am happy with the roughing out.
Anyway, that was my jolly. I adze a good weekend. Back to the bench joinery today. Hand-chopping mortice monkey am I! There's a fair few in this piece.
This is not so much of a sit-up-and-beg settle, as a settle down and kickback settle. There's quite a long way to go before anyone can do that. All the panels on the right need to be fitted and the whole thing carved and polychromed. Oh yeah, and it might need some seat boards!