There are some things I was thinking about as I split wood on Mother's Day. I started telling these bits of knowledge to my daughter as she watched me work. I realized I was spouting off some pretty good "Woodshed Wisdom" I ran to get a piece of paper - good thoughts are rare these days, wouldn't want to let them go to waste!
A lot of what holds true to logs seems to hold true to people:
* Anything will break if you hit it in the right spot
*The logs that are the hardest to deal with are those that are spoiled rotten inside
*Letting go at just the right time is key to not getting hurt
*Read a log before trying to split it- it will tell you where to hit- much like people
*If you are too tired to do the job it is near impossible
*Start with the biggest, hardest logs- you will be too tired at the end to split them.
Conquer the toughest task first
*If you keep your eye on the target and swing hard you won't miss. Closing your eyes or being hesitant will lead to failure.
*A log much like a family- is strongest where all it's branches come together.
*You have to work around a knot, you can not break it.
*The base of a tree is toughest for it has the most experience/years on it.
Manual labor can give a person perspective
Warning- You are about to see my "mom pants" also known as my work jeans.... they keep everything where it is suppose to be.
Yes, logs were hurt in the making of this slideshow- deal with it!
Pictures taken by Addie with Nikon D60
in three separate attempts (to get the whole sequence)