Creating planks

By Bill Schlichting, Pilot staff writer February 26, 2014 10:07 am

Skip Lowry taps wedges with a sledge hammer to create a pair of planks from a redwood log. The skill requires driving the wedges to cause the wood to evenly split the length of the log.

Members of the Yurok Tribe demonstrated the Native American method of splitting redwood logs to make planks used for building shelters. Saturday’s event was near the site of the Chetco Indian memorial at the Port of Brookings Harbor. The general public was invited to try its hand at the skill. This plank splitting workshop was made possible thanks to the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Curry County Cultural Coalition, Coquille Tribal Community Fund and Three Rivers Foundation.