I surf a lot of different types of web sites covering a broad range of interests.
Recently I’ve noticed an almost monumental increase in questions on self sufficiency sites that just make me shake my head in wonder. Questions that really make you wonder if the author has ever even left their apartment.
One was “Is a axe needed on a modern homestead?”
There are so many times when a axe is just so much easier and quicker then trying to break out the chainsaw. Fuel it up check the bar oil and touch up the chain. Jeez after all of this work and time spent grabbing a axe and ding the job I’d already be eating biscuits and gravy.
Really I prefer to use a double bit axe to split wood and do kindling then any maul I have ever used. My cousins and I used to have splitting contests them with mauls and me with the old double bit. Surprisingly they never succeeded in beating me. Plus I was not as worn out and tired at the end of my pile as they were from hoisting up the 5 or more times as heavy mauls.