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We've been splitting wood all wrong
Mother Nature Network ^ | 1/28/14

Posted on 02/01/2014 4:03:16 PM PST by Kartographer

The basic shape and design of the axe hasn't changed in, well, millennia, as attested to by archaeological discoveries from around the world. At least, that was true until an enterprising Finn decided to rethink the way we chop wood.

(Excerpt) Read more at mnn.com ...


TOPICS: Outdoors
KEYWORDS: axe; chopwood; vipukirves; wood
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Check out the video this is a cool new tool.
1 posted on 02/01/2014 4:03:16 PM PST by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer

That looks cool. But nothing beats my log splitter, lol.


2 posted on 02/01/2014 4:06:30 PM PST by BradtotheBone (Record number of people on welfare. That's the State of the Union under Obama.)
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To: BradtotheBone
That looks cool. But nothing beats my log splitter, lol.

A young teen-aged son?

3 posted on 02/01/2014 4:08:48 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Kartographer

Is that what people mean by ‘unnatural axe?’


4 posted on 02/01/2014 4:09:22 PM PST by posterchild
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To: Kartographer

Oh hell, anybody can split pine with almost any tool.
Now let’s see that thing work on Texas Mesquite or Oak. Show me that and I will be impressed. Pine? Yea not so much.......


5 posted on 02/01/2014 4:09:39 PM PST by 9422WMR (: " Tolerance is the virtue of a man who has no convictions".)
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To: Kartographer

6 posted on 02/01/2014 4:10:23 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Kartographer

I figure I’ve split something along the lines of 100 cords of wood over the years. Anybody who uses an axe for the job isn’t too bright.

An 8 lb. splitting maul works pretty darn good, though this device might work better.

I must admit you can get the maul and wedges wedged in the most astonishing way in cottonwood logs. Sometimes thought I’d have to burn the log to get the wedges out.


7 posted on 02/01/2014 4:10:33 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Kartographer
1/2 hr of using that and through the gloves .. blisters form from the twisting handle.

There's no weight to the head, so all the downward force is power by Armstrong.

LOVELY pieces of knot free, soft pine.

I wouldn't waste my money ... nor time.

8 posted on 02/01/2014 4:12:52 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Kartographer

I always use a double bladed axe for chopping. If you do it right, it never gets stuck, and never cuts through out of control. If you hold it on a five or ten degree angle, it starts to cut in to the log, and then rotates, prying the log apart. I thought everyone knew that.

Dumb gimmick.


9 posted on 02/01/2014 4:14:47 PM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: Kartographer

It works really well on that straight grain pine.

Now try it on some of my scrub oak and madrone. Wood is stronger, grain is not straight. Axe either gets stuck, or bounces off at a weird angle.


10 posted on 02/01/2014 4:15:01 PM PST by CurlyDave
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To: Kartographer
Next, someone will re-invent the wheel.

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11 posted on 02/01/2014 4:15:20 PM PST by Zeneta
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To: Kartographer

https://www.google.com/search?q=axe+for+splitting+wood&hl=en&qscrl=1&rlz=1T4ADRA_enUS418US418&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=AI7tUrW9NOTQ2QW2oIDYDA&sqi=2&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAg&biw=1093&bih=453#facrc=_&imgdii=pJDwFo29domusM%3A%3BAyh1JJlE9pgY0M%3BpJDwFo29domusM%3A&imgrc=pJDwFo29domusM%253A%3B5atjd2jghepq1M%3Bhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.chopper1axe.com%252Fimagesupload%252Fcms_files%252Ffiles%252FaboutUsAxe.gif%3Bhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.chopper1axe.com%252F%3B214%3B282


12 posted on 02/01/2014 4:15:23 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: smokingfrog

Man that’s a long log!


13 posted on 02/01/2014 4:16:11 PM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: Kartographer

That is cool! I also like the tire idea.
Would like to know how it works with knotted and twisted woods. Even with a hard whack with a big splitting maul it often takes several hits (or worse, the addition of separate wedges).


14 posted on 02/01/2014 4:16:21 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: 9422WMR
anybody can split pine with almost any tool.

Unless it's heart of pine in which case it's like rock.

15 posted on 02/01/2014 4:16:45 PM PST by fso301
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To: smokingfrog

Just how tall was that tree?!


16 posted on 02/01/2014 4:16:48 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: smokingfrog

That’s one long tree.


17 posted on 02/01/2014 4:17:38 PM PST by Libloather (Embrace the suck)
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To: smokingfrog

Hey, I’d sure like to get me one of them thar things. How mucharooni?


18 posted on 02/01/2014 4:18:24 PM PST by PapaNew
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To: Kartographer

Looks good but how does it do on elm? ;-D


19 posted on 02/01/2014 4:19:39 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Kartographer
Designed a log splitter that was an attachment for the winch like I have on my Jeep. Never got the chance to build it.
20 posted on 02/01/2014 4:19:53 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: Kartographer

He’s splitting DRY STRAIGHT-GRAINED PINE! Demonstration is a promotional video....showing how well it chops wood seldom used for heating. Homer Simpson says, “WOW!!!!”


21 posted on 02/01/2014 4:20:02 PM PST by dasboot
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To: Born to Conserve

I guess so. It’s still going...


22 posted on 02/01/2014 4:20:04 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Kartographer

23 posted on 02/01/2014 4:21:15 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: smokingfrog

Now THAT is sweet.


24 posted on 02/01/2014 4:21:24 PM PST by jetson
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To: Kartographer

My first five years in Alaska were wood heat only. I have split a lot of wood and that’s not a bad gizmo for a Finn to come up with. This video is a home made splitter that’s pretty effective: http://www.wimp.com/choppingfirewood/


25 posted on 02/01/2014 4:21:57 PM PST by dainbramaged (Windage and elevation, Mrs. Langdon; windage and elevation.)
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To: Kartographer

If the price is in Euros, then the USD is over $500.00. That’s halfway to the log
splitter of my dreams. Also, it looks like his demo log is pine; if so, you could split frozen pine with a table knife.


26 posted on 02/01/2014 4:23:53 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: BradtotheBone

“nothing beats my log splitter”

I’m pretty sure when my pellet truck shows up it beats your log splitter every time, 4 tons of pellets in 10 minutes!

:)

http://www.wcsh6.com/news/article/269047/314/Pellet-industry-looking-to-capitalize-on-cold-temps


27 posted on 02/01/2014 4:23:55 PM PST by Sparky1776
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To: smokingfrog

Cool...where do I get one?


28 posted on 02/01/2014 4:25:24 PM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: Kartographer

the real question is... why split wood at all?

we always throw in the whole log


29 posted on 02/01/2014 4:26:41 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Sparky1776; BradtotheBone

Neither one of you can hold a candle to my gas logs!

My sweetie gave them to me for Christmas last year, this is the way to go (as long as the gas holds out)! :)


30 posted on 02/01/2014 4:26:57 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Kartographer

I’ll have to look into this. I buy a birch - Tamarack mix in 16” rounds. I hand split it down to wood stove sized sections to fill a 4 orchard box. For some reason, I find this satisfying and comforting.

For the last 15 years, I use an 8 lb maul. I have a 17 lb bomb that I drop on stubborn cases. But this intrigues me.


31 posted on 02/01/2014 4:27:48 PM PST by Noumenon (Resistance. Restoration. Retribution.)
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To: smokingfrog

Just... damn!


32 posted on 02/01/2014 4:29:08 PM PST by Noumenon (Resistance. Restoration. Retribution.)
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To: Kartographer


33 posted on 02/01/2014 4:29:58 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Kartographer

Where can you get the splitter?


34 posted on 02/01/2014 4:30:13 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Kartographer

Thanks Kartographer.

I learned the tire trick for securing the rounds from u-toob a couple of years ago proving that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. For the amount of wood I split I think I’ll stick with the maul for now.


35 posted on 02/01/2014 4:31:29 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Kartographer
My wood stove and I want one. Bad.


36 posted on 02/01/2014 4:31:42 PM PST by Viking2002
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To: Kartographer

The stackers won’t be able to keep up with that thing.


37 posted on 02/01/2014 4:32:49 PM PST by deport
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To: bmwcyle

http://www.vipukirves.fi/kauppa/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=28


38 posted on 02/01/2014 4:32:51 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: smokingfrog

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bVAAx3mMKY

Fastest log splitter in the world?


39 posted on 02/01/2014 4:34:34 PM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: mountainlion

fastest arm remover in the world..


40 posted on 02/01/2014 4:38:47 PM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: Kartographer
only way to cut and spit wood.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=an2QRmJ3CK0

41 posted on 02/01/2014 4:39:56 PM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: smokingfrog
Okay for the small stuff with little or no knots.
But not very practical for the real world.
If you'll notice, he's cutting very short lengths, also. The chances for that working in the real world with a 30" to 36" diameter, cut with about 20" to 24" of length, with several knots where the tree limbs bush out, are less than one percent.
42 posted on 02/01/2014 4:40:35 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: newnhdad

Yea, I wonder if it’s OSHA approved LOL


43 posted on 02/01/2014 4:42:57 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: JoeProBono
Works great with soft wood, like paper barked birch, pine, and other soft woods.
But what about water oak, red oak, post oak, hickory, ash, iron wood, ect. ....
44 posted on 02/01/2014 4:46:49 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Kartographer
Looks interesting. He seems to be splitting clean wood. No knots and straight grain. I'd like to see it work on white oak or maple with knots.

The best maul is made by Fiskars. I used to use mauls and wedges and sledges. The Fiskars splitting axe is usually a one shot deal through most wood up to 20" in height and it only weighs about five pounds. Puts the 10# mauls to shame. I blow through birch to the chopping block like it's not even there. The red oak is little harder but it is nothing like the old days with a standard maul I've had the Fiskars blow through wood

45 posted on 02/01/2014 4:49:02 PM PST by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: Yosemitest

Yeah, and what about mahogany?


46 posted on 02/01/2014 4:50:42 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: 9422WMR

There is a technique for splitting wood with an axe, that involves, just at the point of contact with the end grain of the wood, a small twist is applied through the axe handle. The twist causes the severed grain of the wood to fly sideways, which is what this device does without depending on the judgment of the axe handler, as to the exact instant at which to make the small twist.

And there is that further complication, that some varieties of wood are just a lot harder to split than others. A willow or slippery elm has very tenacious cross-bonding between the wood fibers, and will shred much like a piece of rope with the standard techniques. But wait until the temperature is well below freezing, when the moist tendrils of that wood fiber are crystalized ice, and even these very moist woods will pop apart like pine.

An axe is actually a very simple machine, a wedge, and relies of the surfaces of the inclined plane to push the two parts of the wood grain apart. An adjunct to the axe is the splitting maul, or the splitting wedges, that are dropped into the partially opened split to further widen the gap formed by the first strike of the axe.

I know, as a kid my dad Ole had me out there in sub-zero weather learning all these tricks. If you wanted to get back in where it was warm, you learned quickly. You also worked up a sweat first, so the wood would warm you up twice.


47 posted on 02/01/2014 4:52:17 PM PST by alloysteel (Obamacare - Death and Taxes now available online. One-stop shopping at its best!)
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To: posterchild

“Is that what people mean by ‘unnatural axe?’”

Now, that’s funny, I don’t care who you are. (Larry the Cable Guy).


48 posted on 02/01/2014 4:54:34 PM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: mountainlion

Yikes! That doesn’t look very safe.


49 posted on 02/01/2014 4:56:04 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Kartographer
Only way to split wood ... The Super Split ...


50 posted on 02/01/2014 4:57:33 PM PST by CapnJack
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