Small Froe Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

Small Froe



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Small Froe

Froes are L-shaped tools used in combination with mallets and wedges to rive green wood along the grain with more precision and finesse than an axe or maul. They are used to make planks, chair parts, tool handles, shingles, basket splints, blanks for spoon carving, and more.

Common Froes were typically made from one piece of steel, bent into a loop at one end to form a ferrule to receive the handle. However, the uneven shape of the ferrule made it difficult to secure a hand-carved handle that wouldn’t work loose over time. Our Froe blades are welded to a cylindrical ferrule and have a tight-fitting, turned handle secured with a stepped washer and large lag screw. They are built for longevity and durability.

Lie-Nielsen Froes are finished in a tough, baked powder black enamel. Handles are kiln-dried ash.

  • Blade is 1/4" thick x 1-1/4" wide x 8" long.
  • Overall length of the handle is 13-1/4".
  • Weighs 1.5 lbs.