How to chop firewood with an axe

How to chop firewood with an axe

The smell of the forest, trees all around you, and the sound of chirping birds. Chopping wood brings out the primal man in you. And let’s be honest: isn’t it much more fun to chop your own firewood in the fresh air than to buy a ready-made bag at the hardware store? In any case, we can’t get enough of chopping wood.

Nowhere is it better to recover from a busy working week than in the middle of nature. You can completely blow off steam with a woodcutting session. Why is that so nice? We are only too happy to tell you that.

We prefer to be busy in nature

Once you have recovered in nature, you quickly feel the need to do something that you normally don’t do in the office. And getting a little dirty while doing it is secretly quite nice. Bushcraft instructor Siegurd explains to de Volkskrant, for example: ‘One of my students is a cardiologist. He likes to go into the woods because then he can finally get dirty – normally he spends most of his time indoors watching heart films.”

Chopping wood is just cool

Our colleague Lotte previously learned the tricks of the trade during one of our woodcutting clinics. There is a good chance that after watching this vlog you will also be convinced and can’t wait to get started yourself:

Safety First when chopping wood

It is clear that we think chopping wood is cool. But such a cleaver is sharp and heavy, and therefore quite dangerous tools. To prevent nasty accidents, keep a few things in mind:

1. The right lumberjack outfit

Put on sturdy shoes. To protect your feet and toes, work shoes with a steel toecap are recommended. As well as safety glasses to protect your eyes and gloves to prevent the necessary blisters. A sharp ax may sound dangerous, but it is actually safer than a blunt one. A dull ax can quickly bounce off the wood and land where you’d rather not have it. Therefore, use an ax file to sharpen.

2. Firm surface

Choose a sturdy chopping block to chop the wood, such as a stump. This is a stable surface and can take a beating. Always make sure that the chopping block is firmly in place and cannot slip. It is also important that the chopping block has a straight surface.

3. The best working posture

Before you swing the ax into a piece of wood with all your strength, think about your posture. Correct posture prevents injuries. Stand firmly on the ground for the correct movement. Keep your legs slightly apart and bend your knees slightly (don’t heel with straight legs!). With one hand, grab the bottom of the ax handle firmly. Place the other hand under the head. Now raise the ax.

When you swing the ax down, the hand you had under the head slides towards the hand at the bottom of the shaft. This movement allows you to steer the ax. Make sure that the ax always ends in the center of the log to be chopped. For the right stroke, you can always practice a few times before swinging with full power. Hit the center of the wood can and the block splits – if done right – in half.

4. A good ax is half the battle

Axes with a longer handle are for cutting down branches or trees while axes with a short handle are more useful for hunters and campers. Splitting axes, with that striking wedge-shaped head, are used to split the freshly cut wood into manageable pieces. Always wanted to have your own ax? View our range of axes. Not sure which ax you need? Get advice in one of our outdoor stores.  

carved out? Then bring in your friends – if they weren’t already there – and set fire to your freshly chopped logs! And a good day toiling outside is best spent outside by a campfire. Obviously, you might think of roasting marshmallows, but have you tried the five outdoor recipes yet? Definitely recommended for the real outdoor chef.