Among the tools and innovations responsible for humankind's rise, an axe was premier. This video, from respected woodsman Len McDougall, a man who has been using axes for than a full half-century, reveals some of the lesser known basics of using an axe to make timber do what you want it to do.
Those who garden know that weeding is often essential to growing good vegetables or fruits. In a forest, sunlight too is a limiting factor. By knowing which tree to cut and which to leave, forest health can be improved. Cutting for firewood can serve as an incentive to "weed" on the ultra-perennial scale.
Cutting firewood in the winter opens time for other activities during the short summer and fall seasons.
Before beginning construction on their new home, this couple is taking steps to prepare their land for their impending move-in by planting perennial natives, building some walking trails, cutting firewood to dry, and more. They’re having a blast!
Cam Mather tries out a battery-powered chainsaw at his off-grid homestead in Ontario.
Kinetic log splitters have taken the log-splitter market by storm. But how much do you know about these lightning-fast, hyper-efficient machines? Check out these surprising facts about kinetic log splitters.
Make a winter checklist to follow in preparation for winter in the mountains.
How having a rhythm and routine assists in accomplishing difficult tasks.
The best way to start a fire in your woodstove.
If you’re considering buying a new log splitter, you may have begun to debate whether you want an electric log splitter or a gas-powered model. What’s the difference? DR Power Equipment has some useful insight for you.
The basics of using a woodstove to heat your home.
Use materials at hand—stumps, logs, railroad ties, and sawmill slabs—to build a firewood log deck that takes the effort out of lifting the logs, and holds them at a convenient height for splitting.
Review of a great axe made by Vipukirves.
While the snow's flying, this is a good time to plan your garden rotation, order seeds, preheat early spring garden areas, and more.
Splitting firewood is a heavy-duty, daunting task, but this video shows that it doesn’t have to be with the use of this ingenious log splitter.
Building a fire to stay warm? Use these ‘best burn practices’ to minimize smoke & protect your health:
We love our lifestyle and all the hard work that is associated with this lifestyle is just a small part of it.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Associate Editor Thaddeus Christian discusses the best firewood for your wood-burning furnace so you can enjoy wood heat all winter.
Using a hot summer day to grow the winter wood pile.
Even after 15 years, Cam still loves heating his home with wood that he cuts himself.
Splitting firewood has changed over the lsst 40 years. A sharp chain and hydraulic splitter make all the difference in the world.
Porch building tips along with deer pressure notes and golf cart pickup bed instructions.Throw in a 5 foot high chicken wire fence and a rare appearance from a normally camera shy cat named Strider and you've got an idea of what we've been up to.
How we persist until our 11 cords of firewood is accomplished and then re structure our lives.
How big a woodlot would I need to heat my home with wood for the entire winter?
Cam describes the zen-like state he achieves while splitting firewood.
Cam enjoys a magical walk through a winter wonderland while cutting and hauling firewood.
Steve explains how one practical guy invented a way to burn pellets efficiently without an expensive pellet stove
Cam hates to see good scrap wood go to waste and so he cuts it into kindling and has even started selling it!
Learn how to sharpen your chainsaw properly with a file and guide
Firewood, the major yearly task when you heat with wood.
Firewood, the major yearly task when you heat with wood.
A short lesson and video on stacking firewood in round piles
Cam loves growing his own heat!
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, provides tips on splitting firewood for home heating via woodstoves or fireplaces.
Providing the firewood to heat his home has become a pleasurable hobby for Cam Mather.
Being in control of your own home heating.
You can cut and trim trees with a chain saw, then load long lengths of trunk or major limbs onto a firewood processor, and operate the controls while the machine cuts firewood into uniform lengths and splits it.
Trees are beautiful and they are useful as sources of food and shelter, and for building and using as fuel.

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