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Figure 112.  Gluts

To make a basket, Gregg quartered a log and set two quarters together, standing in a hole, braced against another log.  Working at the top of one of the quarters, he used a chisel and a hammer to begin splitting off a thin strip of wood.  As the chisel began to split off a narrow slice of oak, he placed a glut (a wooden wedge) in the crack to hold it open and to make it split straight.  (Photo 1980s)


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