A froe is used for the controlled splitting (riving) of green wood. Typical
uses are shingle making, splitting saplings for fences, and splitting
blanks for furniture making. In earlier days, they were even used to make
The mechanical advantage of a 20" long handle, along with a blade designed
for controlled splitting, lets a user do quite accurate work after a bit
of practice. The blade is 12" long, 2-1/2" deep and 5/16" thick.
Basic instructions for use, including how to make a riving brake, are