The Time-Honored Art of Splitting Wood

Splitting wood can be a pleasure once you've mastered the following tools and techniques.



066 art of splitting wood - splitting maul
A splitting maul, the standard tool for splitting wood.
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066 art of splitting wood - wedge and sledge
 A sledge and wedges are good for to handle big rounds.
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066 art of splitting wood - stuck wedge
If a wedge is stuck in the top of a log, try driving one in from the side.
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066 art of splitting wood - split on the cheeks
Splitting on the checks (cracks) is the best way to start opening up a log.
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