“Wedge and Feathers” (Trail Building – Sunday 9th January)

9 January, 2011 at 22:00

No, it’s not the name of a local hostelry but a tool for splitting rocks. Most of the rocks left over from our escapades on the Black Monkey are a little on the large side so we’ve been looking for a quick and easy way to break them into smaller chunks – unfortunately dynamite was out of the question! The idea with the wedge and feathers is that you drill a hole in the rock, insert the tool and hit it with a lump hammer. The wedge forces the feathers apart and splits the rock in two …. well, that’s the theory so this Sunday we decided to have a play on the surplus pile of rocks at the start of the Steg.

Our first attempts were very successful – much easier than chain drilling and splitting them with a chisel as we’ve tried in the past. Watch out for more evil slab steps in the future!