Step 1
Credit: Carl Wiens

Step 1

A good percentage of injuries to campers result from poor axe (or especially hatchet) handling. To safely split wood with a camp axe, begin by sawing sections of a log. Anything smaller in diameter than your forearm simply throw in the fire, but any piece bigger needs to be split with the axe.
Step 2
Credit: Carl Wiens

Step 2

Set the piece of wood upright, place the blade of the axe across the centre of the log, and then strike the top of the axe head with another piece of wood. The axe works as an effective wedge rather than a cutting tool. No swinging is involved, which greatly decreases the chance of injury.
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