Splitting a log with an axe 2

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  • Place the log on a stump so that it is standing in the way it grew, that is with the top upper most (No this isn’t a wind up, it really makes a difference!)
  • Have the log furthest away from you.
  • Stand directly in front of the stump with the log in the centre of line of sight.
  • Plant your feet firmly on the ground, behind and either side of the stump.
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  • Use both hands to maintain control of the axe.
  • The non-dominant hand should be holding the bottom of the axe handle.
  • The dominant hand should be just below the head of the axe.
  • Aim at the center of the log (hitting the wood on the side or to the front can cause a glancing blow, resulting in injury).
  • Using sufficient strength, deliver the blow by sliding the dominant hand down the handle towards the non-dominant hand.
  • As the axe hits the log, drop your weight into your knees to provide extra force.
  • If the axe does not break the wood in half with the first hit, tap the axe on the stump until it makes its way down the grain and splits the log into two pieces.  Use a piece of wood to do the tapping; never hit the axe with anything metal.
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  • If this fails, turn the axe over with the log attached and bring it down onto the stump butt first.

 If you are tired or it’s near to dark, kneel down with your legs apart to split wood.

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Lead Instructor at Jack Raven Bushcraft, teaching bushcraft, wilderness and survival skills to groups and individuals.

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