Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Chopping Firewood is Remarkably Therapeutic

We had a tree service take out a couple of trees last week. We now have [more of] an abundance of wood.

This is the first year I've split the firewood. In previous years, the wood that we've trimmed from our trees has been small enough to burn on their own. That is not the case this year.

Prior to Sunday, I had never split wood. I picked up an axe, a wedge, and an 8 pound sledge. The axe works well enough on the small stuff. I'm going to hold off on splitting that for a bit. I'm having way too much fun with the wedge and sledge on the bigger logs.

It's nice exercise. I get to spend time outside doing something that requires little from the mental faculties. The funny thing about chopping wood is going to the gym afterwards seems more like a break instead of the burden that it usually seems to be. Stairmastering 40 flights was almost easy, almost.

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