Richard Bucker

baton FAIL

Posted at — Jul 1, 2016

Sitting here at my desk with a Sponge Bob┬ábandaid on my finger I feel like an idiot. I was taking a moment from my day, as a programmer, to relax and get my thoughts before I started work on my next segment. I decided I was going to Baton some wood.This is what our wood looks like in suburban Florida:Suburban dead fallThis is my anvil for processing wood. I think the retailer was trying for a Swedish torch so when I’m finished with it as an anvil I will burn it too:anvil - Swedish torchThis is my box of feathersticksfeatherstiks are quite fine and underneath the new splitsThis is my baton (pretty certain it’s a verb and a noun):My tools:Mora Ax, Pathfinder, Black, SilkyWhat went wrong? To be hyper critical a number of things went very wrong. First and foremost I was not thinking and taking my time. The first thing I did as was use my silky saw to create the baton. As soon as I picked up the dead-fall I thought to myself that the baton was going to be too light. And after the first 5 or six whacks of the baton against the halved log (birch) I should have realized something was going wrong. Between the hardness of the log and the “mass” of the baton I was not going to accomplish a split with my Mora Pathfinder. So used my Mora ax and halved the half. Then I switched back to the pathfinder and managed a number of productive splits.Excited with my success I put down my pathfinder and eagerly drew my Mora Black from it’s sheath. OUCH! I just sliced my finger. It wasn’t deep. Just bloody. I managed a few splits with my Black and then decided to put everything away and clean my mess.And now I’m wearing Sponge Bob.In hindsightwork and think more slowlymount the knives so that they are drawn with one handwear gloves and eye protectionand just as “they” say that a sharp knife prevents accidents I think the proper baton does the same