Monday, April 23, 2012

VIDEO: Safe and Efficient Axe Use: The Felling Notch

This is a great video by Ben Piersma of Ben's Backwoods showing how to safely fell a tree with an axe. Proper axe use has been a dying art since chainsaws became popular in the 1940s and 50s, and there are not many people left who really know how to use them correctly.

With the recent resurgence in the popularity of axes, it's important to keep this knowledge alive so that newcomers can learn to use them efficiently and to reduce the potential for injury.

Outside of Bernie Weisgerber (author of "An Axe to Grind"), Mors Kochanski, Ray Mears and a few others, there are not many axe experts left. Luckily, a new younger generation of axe experts, like Ben, is starting to appear and they are helping to spread this knowledge and keep it alive for future generations.


  1. Excellent video thanks for posting it. I learned something from it. That was not a wimpy old pine that was a tough old maple. Timber!

    1. You're welcome Cattle. Yeah, Ben knows his stuff, plus he's a good guy to deal with too (bought most of my Moras from him over the years).