Excerpt from Camping and Woodcraft by Horace Kephart,
(Fig. 42) are simply wooden wedges. The best woods for them
are dogwood and hornbeam or ironwood, as they are very hard
and tough, even when green; but use whatever is handy. Chop
a sapling of suitable thickness, and make one end wedged-shaped; then cut it off square at the top; and so continue until
you have all the gluts you want. It takes no mean skill to chop
a glut to a true wedge shape, and much depends upon getting
the angles and surfaces correctly proportioned. A novice is
apt to make a glut too short and thick, but it must not be quite
so slender as a steel wedge, for it would splinter too readily.
Editor's Note: This is a reprint of an article published
in 1920. It describes what was recommended in accordance with
the knowledge and practices of the day. While reading it, please
consider this fact.