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The Ax Book: The Lore and Science of the Woodcutter

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The Ax Book is a thorough guide to cutting wood with hand tools.The author explains how to use various types of axes, hatchets, mauls, saws and wedges to take down trees and prepare firewood. In addition he shows every aspect of dealing with wood from the forest right to the hearth or stove.
Paperback, 264 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Alan C Hood & Company
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Andrew Miller
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you need to know more about the tools of the woodsman, particularly the ax, this book covers the gambit. Given the current (odd, IMO) trendiness of the lumberjack as reflected in the "lumbersexual" I could imagine many a poseur sitting in a coffee house with this book in front of them - that said, this book is chock full of actual, actionable information that just might lead a self-identifying lumbersexual into the honest world of the woodcutter.
Jacob Lehman
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I learned about this from "The Scythe Book" and it's such a wonderful work! Written in an engaging way, but also very much a "how-to," as a recent transplant to the woods of upstate New York, it's proved invaluable in my engagement with axes (though admittedly I haven't taken on any projects more complicated than segmenting downed trees or splitting wood for the stove).
Mike Welsch
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you're going to chop wood, this book helps you do it right!
Bre
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very clear instruction and safety manual on all things axe and tree felling.
Nich Traverse
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it


I love sharp things. The fact that (in addition to the author) I almost chopped my foot off with an axe when I was 17, hasn't really dampened my desire for the sublimely sharp. I read this book a few years ago and still tell stories out of on a regular basis. In addition to axes, it also relates great facts about saws and their uses. I used the information in this book to sharpen a 10 foot cross-cut saw when I lived out west...though, it did take me about a month. Also useful are the technique
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