The Axe Man

12:50, Saturday 3 May 2008 | Posted in Living in Oz
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The weather is turning (so they tell us, although today I got sunburnt on the roof clearing more moss off).  As a result Tiggs has got organised and ordered in the firewood...and an axe.

Now I have been known to slice my own hand cutting turnip and am banned from using most power tools due to the danger of me, the environment and any wildlife in close proximity to me while attacking something with one of these things...but apparently I can be trusted with an axe..I suppose I  have not managed to bludgeon myself with the pickaxe yet and this is the same principle (although she does keep going on about my life insurance )

Anyway one tonne of red gum wood turned up when I was at work on Friday.

I was presented with my new self maiming device and pointed to the pile of wood.  Pure stress relief.  Problem is having selected a piece of wood that resembled some granite for my cutting block and hitting half a dozen pieces I realised I had cracked a paving block.

I gave up for the night.  Today I got the axe out again but moved my chopping area to the hard standing next to the wood shed and put down a couple of old wardrobe doors to hit onto reasoning that these would disperse some of the shock.  This plan did not work.

I have now cracked 4 bricks, the area I was working on this morning is now 2 inches lower than the surrounding area, and due to a richochet from one of the pieces of wood her large pot is now so much mosaic .  On top of that there are already 6 pieces where the axe goes in about 2mm then gets stuck so I have to heave on it and lever the blade back out but the wood is like concrete and refuses to break, split or even chip into smaller pieces.  Might have to come back to those.  Having done about 1/4 of the pile and giving up due to being absolutley knackered the friendly neighbour over the back started cutting his...with a band saw .

I am now typing this with my one working arm due to the muscle bruising from chopping the wood but i am lovely and warm :-D

Graz


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