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    There has been many discussions about axes lately. I am a big fan of an axe. The question has been asked if you only had one tool to take to the woods what would it be. For many, it would be an axe. But, we are not born with an axe in our hand. Here are a couple of things you can do to increase you proficiency with this tool.



    You don't have to be in the woods to practice. These drills can be done in your backyard. These skill drills are a little harder than you might think. Give em a try.


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    Another good video. Well done.
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    Very nice job. Great vid.

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    Good vid. I do have to say it's strange though to consider someone may have never used an axe, but that is true, if sad. When clearing brush and saplings in the backyard, I prefer an axe over a chainsaw. Just seems a more enjoyable, quieter way of doing an ornerous chore.

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    Orner...ous. Ornerous. That's French isn't it?

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    An extra r and you think I'm speaking french???

    got it confused with ornery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashdive123 View Post
    Another good video. Well done.
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    Very nice job. Great vid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowKey View Post
    Good vid. I do have to say it's strange though to consider someone may have never used an axe, but that is true, if sad. When clearing brush and saplings in the backyard, I prefer an axe over a chainsaw. Just seems a more enjoyable, quieter way of doing an ornerous chore.
    Lots of people have not used an axe before. That is just a fact these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAWoodsman
    Lots of people have not used an axe before. That is just a fact these days.
    I think you're spot on and many that have used one don't understand the proper use of it or just how versatile a tool it is. Those of us that have been privileged to watch old woodsmen (real woodsmen of yesterday) use one can appreciate how valuable an axe is as a tool and just what those woodsmen were able to accomplish with one. Your vid on the Cold Steel Trail Hawk comes about as close as anything I've seen or read in a long time. I've seen my grandfather use an axe head in some of the ways you demonstrated and it brought back some really great childhood memories. Thanks!

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    Excellent video and contents, axmanship is sadly loosing it's place in woodcraft.
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    Yes Rick that is french, basicaly means that if you don't do your chores
    your wife will "on your ous" though the last spelling can be different
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    See? I knew it was something like that. You can't fool a fool. Wait a minute.....

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    I really wish I could watch the video.....don't ever subscribe to wild blue internet!

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    Here is another practice session for those interested.


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    Another great job. I hope your dog wasn't giving you a critical review just before the two minute mark. I thought it was much better than that.

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    That will teach you to practice in the dog's restroom. Well done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashdive123 View Post
    That will teach you to practice in the dog's restroom. Well done.
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    Another great job. I hope your dog wasn't giving you a critical review just before the two minute mark. I thought it was much better than that.
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    Great video, and you're right, not many people use axes nowadays. I've grown up cutting firewood with my dad, and for some reason he had this phoebia of axes. He said THEY were dangerous, and yet he let me use a chainsaw without suervision....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouse111111 View Post
    Great video, and you're right, not many people use axes nowadays. I've grown up cutting firewood with my dad, and for some reason he had this phoebia of axes. He said THEY were dangerous, and yet he let me use a chainsaw without suervision....
    you don't need to rush someone with a chainsaw wound to the hospital.... just a quick call to the morg :/

    i admit i've never used an axe until i bought a hatchet about two weeks ago..... i hate living in the suburbs :@ just no money to live anywhere else
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    No one thinks of batoning with an axe, great vid

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