Thurkettle is not interested in felling, although he can do that, and his description of this key woodsman process is only two pages and 3 wholly confusing diagrams long. Better stick to youtube for your instruction. But he’s a lot to say about wood-stacks and splitting logs to fill them. Some of his advice will be obvious to you, although I’d not seen it articulated before, and I was gratified to see that, in my seat-of-the-corduroy-pants practice. I had been “speaking prose all my life” as M. Jourdain has it.
- The physics of driving a 2kg maul head at immovable chopping block means that the force is transmitted to the earth below: you will soon compress the dirt below the block so that nothing with grow there afterwards.
- You can also shatter a concrete driveway under the block
- . . . and make sure there are no pipes below ground: you don’t want to be cracking a sewer pipe just there.
- Never strike the back-face of the axe with a hammer to force the blade deeper – it distorts the hole which holds the handle in place.
- If the top face of your splitting stump is slightly off-horizontal then you can balance logs which have been cut slightly off right-angles.
One reason to split all logs is that the bark of many tree species is water-proof. A log still fully coated in such bark is going to take a long time to dry out. Un-round logs stack better, firmer and safer than rolly ones. And the same goes for the open fire-place. Flaming round logs could roll off the heap of embers, across your Persian carpet and burn down the house; a split log less so. Happy splitting.
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