WAY WE WERE: These old mallets and mauls, used to split heavier fence posts in days gone by, are on display at Gympie's Woodworks Forestry Museum and Interpretive Centre.
WAY WE WERE: These old mallets and mauls, used to split heavier fence posts in days gone by, are on display at Gympie's Woodworks Forestry Museum and Interpretive Centre.

Wooden forestry tools of yesteryear on display

IN DAYS gone by, the heavier split posts and rails used for farm fencing were split with steel wedges driven in with wooden mauls or mallets.

Slabs used for the simple buildings of pioneering days were also split in this way.

Wedges were used to keep saw cuts open to prevent the saw blade from jamming.

Steel sledge hammers were used in recent times for driving wedges.

You will find a great display of wedges and mauls at Woodworks Forestry and Interpretive Museum in Fraser Rd.

The museum is open 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday. Entry is $5.

Inquiries 5483 7691 or www.woodworksmuseum.com.au.

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