Gather your firewood. If it’s still fresh, it will be harder to split. If you leave it the wood to dry for a couple months first, the job will be a lot easier.
Don’t forget to put on protective eyewear and footwear to protect your eyes and feet from flying wood chips. Gloves should be worn only if they don’t limit your grip on the ax’ handle.
Step 2. Place a log on its end, either on the ground or on top of a chopping block. If you work from the ground, make sure there are no rocks underneath the log. They will dull your ax if you accidentally hit them.
Step 3. Find lines in the wood that come from the core, so called radius cracks. These cracks are very useful for splitting. Follow the lines towards the bark and aim for the edges of the log. Don’t aim at the middle.
Step 4. Take the right stance. Put your feet a little further than hip width apart and parallel to each other. Check your distance and touch the target with the ax. Hold the ax at the end of the handle with your dominant hand, place the other hand closer to the axe head about halfway up the handle.
Step 5. It’s time to take a swing at your target. Lift the ax, above and slightly past your head. Then swing it towards your target and land it forcefully on the log. Your upper hand should push it for speed and on the downward movement it should slide down slightly to meet your other hand at the end of the handle when impact is close.
Tip: If log has a knot, stay clear from it. It’s better to aim next to the knot and split the wood from there.