Skills Every Guy Should Master – Axemanship

this grandfer is sick and today we're going to take it down using tools and techniques from a hundred years ago it's really important to consider where the tree is going to go not only just to keep it from hanging up in branches and causing your trouble but what's going to be easiest for you to work on what's the what's going to be the easiest access if you're cutting it up for firewood and such with the truck so for me I've determined we're going to follow it down the hill right there in that clearing our first cut is going to be what we call the face cut and that's going to be on the direction that the tree is going to fall we're going to use the saw at a 90 degree angle here and kind of go do that method use a method called gunning that we're going to get an idea you know line up the saw where that's going to be and many times are a lot of times guys will ask you how come I cut my trees off so high and it's a they think it's or the worried that it's wasting wood and yeah it it does a little bit but I want to work at a company I want to be at a comfortable working height I don't want to work on my knees and I'm a tall guy so I'll work it pretty high I can come back later with a solid and cut it off to the ground but so I'm going to get just kind of gauge here what's going to be comfortable for me a comfortable working height for my cut I'm going to make it just a little little notch with the saw and then we're going to remove the bark what I'm doing here is called girdling a tree and the reason I'm doing this is because the bark collects and carries a lot of debris blowing wind will fill the bark up with small pieces of sand and gravel and a little have a tendency to really dull my crosscut saw quickly you want to really look after your crosscut saws because there most people don't have the skill the ability to sharpen them you got to send them out it's a tedious and expensive process so like taking ten minutes or so and stripping the bark off we can really extend the life of our saws a good trick that will help you get your sauce started is to use a good sturdy axe to help you as a guide to hold up the end not such a problem when you're working with a partner or when you're by yourself it gives you a little just a helping hand until you can get a curse started once you get your kerf established you can take your axe out don't use your best axes for this use one that has a handle you don't mind if it gets chewed up a little bit because it will if you don't set it properly now the curse will support the saw all on its own I'm going to cut about a little over a third of the way through between a third and a half roughly now I'm gunning with my saw lining up 90 degrees off of this back of the blade and getting a pretty good idea where it's going to fall didn't even gun right down off the edge here and see want to keep it off the trail and just skim that little red fur my granddad told me the old Lumberjacks used to rest on the axe it was the crosscut saw that took the most strength and endurance and when they would get tired they would go pick up an axe and start chopping with an axe that was considered rest it's hard to imagine but this uh this small or medium sized axe the scandinavian axe this is not too big of a job for it so now we have a we've got a nice undercut here this is our face cut and then we'll finish up with the back cut we're going to do a special cut so we can implement the jack but this makes a lot easier for us the problem with chopping down trees with an axe the upward swing is actually relatively easy we're coming from above coming down the difficult swing is the swing this underneath and if you can make a nice cut with your crosscut saw in there and then just chip back to the cut it's a whole lot less work look what you can do in a couple minutes with a small or mid-sized axe is properly hung and properly sharpened wonderful wonderful tool alright so something to really be careful with right here this is life or death important where these two points come together right here where the saw stopped and the axe cut comes in there can be no overhang here none at all it's got to come together perfectly on both sides if it does not you'll get what you call a little barber chair it will be a little jack itself up and remove your holding wood your holding wood is the piece of wood right here if you just imagine that drawing a two inch by two inch square that is untouchable you do not touch it you do not touch it at all you leave it there if you're a beginner it's not even a bad idea to finish shaving the bark off and take a sharpie or a pencil or crayon and draw that box right there draw that box on both sides and coming off the back cut you do not violate that well check both sides make sure that we don't have that's what we call a detriment if I didn't mention it having a little bit of wood lift and it's called the Dutchman and then finally we'll just clean out that corner you want a nice steep sharp angle there or gradual angle so it doesn't hang up chop all that holding wood out hold that all that out of there we want to come all the way back to that socket there could be no question now before we go any further we're going to gun that tree one more time if you have a good axe it's got a flat back on it you can lay it in there in the cut and sight down this another axial point to right where your tree is going to go you can do the same thing with your saw the back is going to be flat and the helper handle is going to come the true 90 degrees off of that will lay that back in the cut and we can sight down this and that's going to tell me exactly where that's going to fall it's going to skim right next to that red fern congratulations you made it through episode 2 probably going to be two more before we reach the end so if you'd like to watch it in its entirety just wait till all four parts are out then you can watch it uninterrupted don't forget to Like subscribe 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50 thoughts on “Skills Every Guy Should Master – Axemanship”

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  2. It'd be cool to actually get out and learn these things in person. I'd love to be able to actual do some outdoor work

  3. Now you see Mr.W i preffer way more these type of videos or wood working then having a video of guns . Thanks for making me lurn something that i did’t know 😜👍🏼

  4. Belt and suspenders?
    I dont know man…
    How am i supposed to trust someone who doesnt even trust his own pants?

  5. Plus you might expose an old piece of metal someone might have stuck into the tree a long time ago by removing that bark.
    Hook for a cloths line, nails, chains.

  6. axemanship?is that a word? more like idiotmanship……..we know for sure there are atleast 1.2 million that are dumber than this guy

  7. “This man is singlehandedly responsible for the deforestation of 792,000 square kilometers of amazon rainforest”

  8. I've done some fighting in the SCA (medieval fighting), and I've discovered that for gals, an underhand blow (upward swinging cut) is easier for gals while it's harder for guys, and an overhand blow (downward swinging cut) is harder for gals, but conversely easier for guys. I did some research, and it turns out the physiology of it has to do with how the tendons connect to muscles & bones, and the subtle differences in how our joints fit together. So for guys who are swinging an axe, it is definitely harder to swing up into the tree from below, but ladies who are equally conditioned to the work will probably find it the better angle of attack for them.

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