1. Place your feet shoulder width apart.
2. Place the head of the axe on the wood to be split, and while comfortably holding the end of the axe with one hand, step back as far as you can with your arm fully extended.
3. With right hand up near the head of the axe and left hand down at the base of the handle (reverse if left-handed) raise the axe in front of you and bring it down on the wood to be split, shifting the right hand towards the base of the handle as the axe falls.
It's that easy. Now, go make yourself useful and split some wood!
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Ronald Reagan chopping wood. Via University of Texas.
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“The nation needs to return to the colonial way of life, when a wife was judged by the amount of wood she could split.” -- W. C. Fields
“People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.” -- Albert Einstein
“Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.” -- Zen Proverb