Category Archives: DIY

Found a Froe!

This medieval-looking tool is called a ‘froe’ and we have been searching for a real one (not a new one on Amazon). I found it at Ed Lebetkin’s antique tool shop in Pittsboro, the one right above The Woodright’s School, run by Roy Underwood from the PBS show.

Froe.jpgIt was originally used to make shingles out of a block of wood, and also to trim wood blocks to get them ready for more tooling (planing, shaving, cutting and so on).

We plan to use it for splitting blocks of wood for kindling. And, also maybe try to get wood ready for hand tool working.

When visiting Pittsboro you have to stop by Ed’s store.

Dog crate for truck

We needed a way to transport the dogs in the back of the truck, and didn’t want to get a topper (hard to take on and off when moving compost etc) and couldn’t see spending several hundred dollars for a commercial dog crate.

So we decided to build our own out of PVC pipe and fencing.

First we built a frame using 3/4″ PVC some special PVC connectors (3-way and 4-way) ordered off the internet.Frame.jpg The shorter end tucks up underneath the truck bed cover.

Then we enclosed the sides with horse fence cut to shape, and covered the top with wire fencing which was connected tightly using cable ties.


Completed crate

After their first ride the dogs are happy.