By MH Staff - Posted on 19th December 2013
Swing it like a mountain man who still has all 10 fingers.
Chop a deep "V" shape a third of the way into the trunk. Once the wedge is cut, start cutting the trunk from the other side. the tree should fall to the side of the wedge.
Physics says that your tree should fall in the direction of the "V", but there's no harm in taking some extra precautions. Tie a thick rope around the trunk and tie the other side to another object, in the opposite direction, that is heavier than the tree. This way, if the tree starts falling towards the roof, the heavier object should hold it up.
You need goggles and gloves, and shin pads to be safe. Don't skip the protective gear: you'll have wood chips flying everywhere... and you don't want to catch one in your eye.
How you sharpen your axe is a bit like asking how you like your coffee. One school believes in the angle grinder and the other is all for the flat file. Whichever technique you choose to adopt, remember to be careful: sharpening an axe needs as much care as cutting a tree.