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You Will Need
- A chopping block
- A splitting maul
- A sledge hammer
- Two wedges
Set your log
Place your log on the chopping block, or if one is unavailable, on an area of ground hard enough that it won't absorb the blow of the maul.
Study the grain
Study the grain of the log for any crack or weakness toward which you can aim your maul.
Position your feet shoulder width apart and far enough away from the log that when you stretch your arms the maul touches the intended area.
Hold the maul
Place one hand against the head of the maul and the other at the base of the handle, and then raise it above your head.
Focus your eyes on the spot where you want the maul to strike and maintain focus on this spot until the maul has landed.
Bend and swing
Swing the maul, bending your knees as you do so. Allow the hand near the head of the maul to slide down the handle until it meets your other hand.
Use the sledge hammer
Use the sledge hammer and wedges when you encounter a knotty or exceptionally tough piece of wood.
Repeat this process until you have the desired quantity of wood in the size you need.