Sunday, October 12, 2008

People still do that?

I had this past week off from work and one of the things I wanted to get done was to split and stack a pile of wood I had cut last summer. Now working at a hardware store, and being a tool junkie, one would think I would rent the latest and greatest powered wood splitter, a pull behind with a small diesel motor able to snap a whole tree in one pass. But no, something in my head said to do it the "old fashion" way, (ok, maybe I'm a little bit of a tight wad), so here's what I used.

Yea, I hear what your thinking, "people still do that?" As I got the axe out I was thinking the same thing, "what am I doing, this is going to hurt later, am I to old for this?" But I have to tell you, once I got started it was fun! Sure it took a few swings to get the hang of hitting the metal to wood and not wood handle to wood but I soon had split wood flying every which way. It was very tiring, but it took me back to an earlier time when men needed to do this, when men earned a living by the sweat of their brow...and it made me feel good.

So here's the finished pile, not a lot of firewood but enough to keep the wood shop warm for a winter. And for you guy out there that are thinking, "that's not a splitting axe!" I know, but my last one broke and this was on clearance for less than a new handle, plus it looks cool!


Mari said...

You got a good pile of split wood and come winter, you'll be toasty and warm in your shop.

Cheri said...

I know of at least 1 other man who loves to chop wood!
If you ever see us camping- Mark will be chopping away.

Cherdecor said...

You are a risk taker for sure, but you did a very good job! Now you will be warm with a smile on your face when the first snow comes.

Andrew Bruins said...

I'm very impressed. I don't think I would have wanted to spilt all that wood with an axe. I do agree with you though, the axe does look cool.

Heather said...

Looks like you put in a hard days work chopping all that wood! Good Job!

Terri said...

Dave stays busy chopping wood for us too. It sure saves us money to heat the house the old fashioned way!

jamie in rose cottage said...

My dad always says splitting wood warms you twice: once when you cut it and again when you burn it.
Looks like a lot of hard work but quite an accomplishement there!

Laura said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it! And just imagine when you burn it how good you'll feel that you did that yourself!

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