Once saw a large steel "S" shaped device for preventing logs from splitting.
It was about 12" across. Sort of a band of steel made 2: tall and 1/8 ' inch thick. It was sharpened on one edge.
You layed it on the end grain of the log and drove it into the wood and inch or so . Prevented the log from splitting.
Anybody know what these are called and where I might get some? And, do they work as intended?
Joe is right on. Wont stop from splitting, but does hold it together. We used them on RR ties. I've remover ties from the old steam days that looked as good as the day they were hand hewed and installed.
Lon they are in the end grain of the ties. It would be hard to find any know a days, unless you go to a abanded old side track some place and look for the old ties. No I never installed "S", they are installed the by the tie company. I wish I had keep one of the old hand made ties. I have even found them made from cedar, they were huge and twisted. Very cool
The ones I know of are 5" overall length and made to keep a check from getting wider in the end of a log.
If this is something of interest, I'll see if Log Home Store can bring in a bucket of 200 and break it down into 10 packs.
Let me know.