Chris Kott wrote:I like an idea I read about in a hugelkultur post. It involves leaving stumps to rot several feet above ground, then building hugelbeets around them, either several in one, or making Sepp's soil sausages using stumps as bases.
The advantage of leaving the stumps to rot is that any root systems close to the rotten root system will just follow the network of compost down into the ground, saving plant resources for other growth.
Oh, and you save the effort of ripping out stumps.
Chris Kott wrote:Is a maul or a hatchet inherently unsafe?
Burra Maluca wrote:I can just see myself getting distracted for half a second and losing a finger or three with that machine.
But on the other hand there must be a fairly simple way of making it safe. I just can't see it yet.
paul wheaton wrote:I think comparing maul+skill to the inertia-chopper without skill is unfair. Comparing both with skill or both without skill seems more fair.
Sam Barber wrote:Yeah just came here to see if the strange looking axe was on here I kinda want to try it out!
Currently, when chopping kindling, I will either start the split while holding the kindling with the idea that the hatchet will get enough grip into the wood that I can finish the split without my left hand anywhere near the wood, OR I will swing the hatchet and move my left hand away before the blade touches the wood. Both seem a little dangerous still.
Steve Hoskins wrote:
I know it looks unsafe, but for me this method works well. The idea being, the wood is split right where it lays without having to stand it up or arrange it aside from a kick here and there. And above, last year, I mentioned that I use the gransfors bruks large splitting maul, but actually, its the large splitting axe... Correction.
I'm sorry but I don't think this is very safe IF you're holding the wood with your foot. At the 0:58 mark I'm not sure how you didn't cut into your own foot. I'm glad you say not to try this at home and I'd encourage new wood splitters to not try this method until you get a really good feel for swinging your axe. I love how you don't have to keep restanding the wood rounds back up. Personally I like the tire on the chopping block method.