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How logs were split in the Middle Ages

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In this video from Örebro läns musem you will learn how to split logs the old way, more specifically the medieval way.

The film, which was produced with a grant from the Church of Sweden, Strängnäs Diocese, depicts an attempt to cleave a 13-metre long pine log with radial cleavage cuts using reconstructed medieval tools.

Logs split in this way can be found in the steeple of Hardemo church southwest of Örebro in Närke, and were built sometime between 1180-1220. All woodworking is done with reconstructed medieval tools.

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