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Thursday, 21 August 2008

How much wood would a woodchuck chop.

I started out well yesterday and, noticing I'm getting through the firewood at a rapid rate of knots, decided to check out the emergency stash under the house.  Hauled out about 12 logs and, oh that's right, they are all really gnarly ones, and hard ol' native wood, dry as a bone. Someone has given up on each one and hidden it away.  These are lumps of stone even a chainsaw would run from.

However, full of energy and optimism, having just had my last appointment with the physio, and with the added incentive of overnight frost impending again, decided to tackle these anyway.  

I use the two axe method (don't wince guys; no criticism from you unless you are offering to come on over and do it for me).  I aim and whack the top of the log with the regular axe, then belt the hell out of it with the back of the splitting axe.
Got two done this way, feeling pretty pleased with myself and only a couple of twinges from the lower back.  Decided to have a go at one that bore half a dozen marks of previous assaults, which, in retrospect, should have been a warning....

Bloody thing - I got almost right through but there must be a branch or knot or something, and now the axe is stuck fast.  I include photos.

 All suggestions or, better still, offers of help in person, gratefully accepted.


  1. mate, you could write off the axe & display it as garden art !!

  2. I could come over and do it for you but I live on the other side of the planet and I'm not sure my wife would approve of such charity.

  3. Anonymous21.8.08

    If you bring it over here I could have a go, otherwise I'm chock full of work at the moment.

  4. Thank you all.
    Here's an idea that I just thought of - I might just about be able to fit the log in the fire... and burn the axe out. Would that damage the metal do you think?

  5. I got the axe out! Didn't even have to burn it! I wacked some wedges (well- bits of wood) in near the axe, and then hit the side of the log on another log...
    Hard to explain clearly, but the important thinmg is, it worked :-) I'm sooo clever.


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