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hew (something) out of (something)

To carve or cut a particular shape or object out of a piece of wood. Yeah, I hewed this bottle opener out of a piece of wood I had lying around the shop.
See also: hew, of, out

hew down

To cut something down, typically a tree. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hew" and "down." If we're going to build houses here, then we need to hew down a lot of these trees.
See also: down, hew

hew out

To carve or cut a particular shape or object out of a piece of wood. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hew" and "out." I'm going to hew out a bottle opener—what are you making?
See also: hew, out

hew to (something)

To adhere to a particular idea or rule. The teacher will deduct points if you don't hew to the guidelines for the project.
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hew something down

to fell something wooden, usually a tree. We will have to hew most of this forest down. They hewed down the tree.
See also: down, hew

hew something out of something

 and hew something out
to carve the shape of something out of something wooden. Dan hewed each of the posts out of a tree trunk. He hewed out a number of posts.
See also: hew, of, out

hew to something

to conform to a rule or principle. I wish you would hew to the rules a little better. Sarah refuses to hew to the company policies.
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hew to

v.
To conform to some law, set of beliefs, or course of action: I hope our children will hew to the traditions of our ancestors.
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The hewing process begins once the tree is dropped.
Much of the waste wood is removed in the process and this prepares the log for hewing. I use two methods of scoring.
It may be necessary to repeat the scoring and hewing process.
I can only assume they were used for hewing. Perhaps they were used for hewing railroad ties.
The advantage of the Kent ax is that the same tool could be used for both scoring and hewing. A heavy double bit ax would also make a good hewing tool: it likewise has a blade that is not too thick.
This is not a normal handhold for ax work and it may feel unnatural, but hewing is not chopping.
Hewing uses short, controlled swings, the ax's momentum carrying most of the force.
Work the log from front to back, hewing along the chalk line.