Splitting firewood is an important skill to practice over and over again. Despite the apparent simplicity of the action of log splitting, it can be quite difficult to put into practice.
Logs that aren’t sawed at a perfect angle can be lopsided on the chopping block, making the danger of the ax head swinging wild upon contact a very real possibility.
And if you are out in the wilderness with nothing but an ax or a hatchet to depend on, then having a straight log to stand up for splitting is an absolute impossibility.
To reduce the risk of ricochet and to make your life a whole heck of a lot easier, you should practice the splitting method known as contact splitting.
After all, the last thing you want is to be getting some kindling ready for the fire and to end the pleasant experience of a bonfire with the family with an ax head buried in your leg.
Learn how to contact split logs on the next page.