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Gabriel Suarez
11-10-2005, 03:01 PM
Went out after my weight pile workout. Chopped big pieces into fireplace material for about 1/2 hour. Big axe. Tried to cut pieces in two in one swipe. Focussed energy. Exhausted after I was done. Good workout. Enough wood for a few months.

Cold War Scout
11-10-2005, 03:56 PM
Few better functional workouts exist....

11-10-2005, 04:20 PM
When I lived out in the country I put up 10-12 cords a year. Besides being a good workout, there is a certain therapeutic value in whacking something as hard as you can without hurting anything ( your hand, etc) or pissing anybody off. It also promotes good concentration and focus.

11-10-2005, 04:21 PM
is that a significant safety issue? how would one get around that?

11-10-2005, 04:26 PM
Wood is usually split with a maul not an axe. When fitted properly it is not a problem.

Gabriel Suarez
11-10-2005, 04:33 PM
is that a significant safety issue? how would one get around that?

Sorry to sound flippant, but....Life is dangerous. I used an axe.

11-10-2005, 07:17 PM
From running the chainsaw , cutting, splitting, loading, hauling and stacking; firewood is a real pain; and a great work out! Like the old folks say; it keeps you warm twice; when you cut it and when you burn it. And I love the feel of busting a block wide open with one hit.

Ned Christiansen
11-10-2005, 08:46 PM
Had to take down a 34" maple in the yard this summer..... split it all up by hand using a BAM, which I'm sure stands for Big Assed Maul. Just a big wedge of steel welded to a steel handle.... no flying off of the head with this baby. It's gotta be double the weight of my regular maul and yes, it's more work getting it up but baby, when it comes down there's not much that can stand in its way!

Cold War Scout
11-11-2005, 04:58 AM
Former Steeler Courson dies

Retired offensive lineman killed in tree accident

Posted: Thursday November 10, 2005 5:32PM; Updated: Thursday November 10, 2005 6:44PM
Steve Courson testified regarding the NFL's steroid policy during a hearing at the House Committee on Government Reform.

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Steve Courson, the former offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/teams/steelers) who developed a heart problem after becoming one of the first NFL players to acknowledge using steroids, was killed Thursday when a tree he was cutting fell on him.
Courson, 50, was using a chain saw to cut down a dead 44-foot tall tree with a circumference of 5 feet when it fell on him, according to state police. The accident happened around 1 p.m. at his home in Henry Clay Township, Fayette County.
Roger Victor, an investigator for the Fayette County coroner, said Courson was apparently trying get his dog out of the tree's way. "The wind was blowing, the tree snapped and it fell on him and his dog," Victor said. The dog was injured and taken to a vet.
Pastor Lois Van Orden, who was with Courson's mother, Elizabeth, at her Gettysburg, Pa., home, said the family had no immediate comment.
Courson made the Steelers in 1978 as a free agent guard from South Carolina. He started more than half of the Steelers' games before he was traded to Tampa Bay in 1984, where he played another two seasons before being waived. He ended his career after the 1985 season, having played on the Steelers' Super Bowl championship teams in 1978 and 1979.
In a statement, the Steelers said:
"We are saddened to learn of the sudden and untimely death of Steve Courson. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends during this extremely difficult time.
"Steve was an integral member of our last two Super Bowl championship teams, and returned to the Pittsburgh area after he retired from football. Steve battled back from health problems in recent years and seemed to have made a full recovery."
Courson was an early outspoken opponent of steroid use in the NFL, though he had used them himself and blamed them on a heart condition he said placed him on a transplant list for four years. He credited diet and exercise with reversing the condition.
He went public with his steroid use in 1985 and was cut by Tampa Bay the next season. He also criticized the NFL's steroid testing program, which began a year after he retired.
"It's as much drug abuse to take steroids as heroin or cocaine," Courson said in 1990. "When most people imagine drug abusers, their thoughts are of street people living in the gutter. Realistically, these people can't afford drugs, but professional athletes and middle and upper class teenagers can."
Courson testified about steroid use before Congress last spring.
Earlier this year, Saints coach Jim Haslett claimed the Steelers' use of the drugs during Super Bowl championship seasons in the 1970s brought steroids into vogue around the NFL -- even though star players such as Jack Lambert and Jack Ham were strongly opposed to drug use.
"To say that anabolic steroids didn't play a role in the Steelers' success would be a falsehood," Courson said in 1990. "But this isn't a Steelers problem. It's a league-wide problem. ... No one ever told me not to use or take steroids, or suggested I was killing myself."
Courson was a native of Gettysburg, and played from 1973 to 1977 at South Carolina, where he said he first used steroids at age 18.
In recent years, Courson made as many as 100 speeches a year to youth and sports groups urging young athletes to not use steroids

11-11-2005, 06:46 AM
There's something decidely masculine and extremely rewarding about chopping up a bug pile of wood. It's actually fun, which seems at odds with all the work it requires.

11-11-2005, 01:34 PM
I'm all for getting sweaty and masculine, but I'm also lazy. Using the best tool for the job is constructive laziness. A maul, a sledge and wedges, an axe for things the right size, herd of well-trained beavers...

11-12-2005, 05:08 PM
"The wind was blowing, the tree snapped and it fell on him and his dog,"
Felling accidents happen even to the pros, and it is not safe to fell trees in the wind. Some trees can not be safely felled whole without:
1) Felling wedges in the backcut.
2) A pull rope rigged 2/3 to 3/4 high in the tree and a come-a-long.
3) Both.

+1 on splitting wood being a good workout though. It's good therapy physically and emotionally.

11-14-2005, 07:54 AM
It's been quite a few years, but I recall as a teen hearing of a pro baseball slugger whos primary off-season workout regimen consisted of helping with a family enterprise, mainly swinging an axe.

From my perspective, it strengthens the upper body, including the abs & obliques, and really firms up the grip!

11-14-2005, 09:30 AM
Brings back memories of my youth, too. Yuck, wood-cutting. (Right up there with mowing the grass . . . .)

It would be a great workout, though.

The Sunday Sniper
11-14-2005, 10:24 PM
I can split a cord of wood in 1 1/2-2 hours. :D

With my 17 hp Honda wood spliter, and trust me thats still a work out.

11-15-2005, 08:42 AM
Wood is cheap....but now with the price of Natural gas and heating oil.....the price of wood stoves has gone balistic....almost double...go figure

11-16-2005, 04:40 PM
Wow! It's great to see others doing it the "old fashioned" way so to speak. I've got 12 cords in the barn now that was all split with a maul. Since Katrina there is all the wood a man can cut and haul. Folks asked why not buy a gas powered splitter. I tell then to do the math. I'm useing wood partly because of the $$ savings , so why spend all thay cash on a splitter. Kinda defeats the purpose doesn't it!

Bri Thai
11-16-2005, 10:29 PM
For those with either a) enough wood or b) no need for wood..... how about hitting a biiiig tyre with a sledgehammer?

11-17-2005, 06:18 AM
A good enough workout for Ronald Wilson Reagan...good enough for me.

steve b
11-17-2005, 06:39 AM
Oh yeah, heated previous home with 2 woodstoves. still heat hunting camp with wood. Suggest a 12lb., all steel maul. Serious workout. M & M's later, Molson and Motrin. Still have 3 chainsaws in garage. steve

11-17-2005, 08:34 AM
I am extremely sorry to read that some of you do not have current opportunities to exercise your bodies and pacify your minds splitting wood. :eek:

As a kindly old retired fellow, naturally I take a paternal interest in the welfare of all of you WT folks. I feel that the right thing for me to do is to stand in loco parentis and help in any way I can.

Therefore, I have created, at great personal expense, a nature preserve, conveniently located in the mountains of North Idaho, where those of you that are underprivledged can be treated to acres and acres of standing and fallen dead trees which need to be bucked, hauled and split.

Furthermore, I personally will provide the chain saw, saw file, axe, maul & wedges, the saw gas and even the beer and aspirins to facilitate y'alls recovery. All you need is a sleeping bag and a pair of gloves. And some moose repellant.

No, no, no applause, please. It's the least I can do for my brothers (and sisters) here on WT. Please email me for a map and key.

God bless & y'all be mindful out there.

steve b
11-17-2005, 09:54 AM
Love your post Geezer ! Reminds me..."age and treachery will always overcome youth and energy". At camp, the "old guys", we call "FOGS" ! Ya know what that means ? Am getting dangerously near there myself. steve

11-17-2005, 11:09 AM
Therefore, I have created, at great personal expense, a nature preserve, conveniently located in the mountains of North Idaho, where those of you that are underprivledged can be treated to acres and acres of standing and fallen dead trees which need to be bucked, hauled and split.That's our Geezer, all heart.

Speakin' of which, how's the ticker?

11-17-2005, 03:04 PM
Geez?? What no "Buck" saws?:D

11-23-2005, 02:21 PM
They cut down 3 or 4 sizable oaks on my university's grounds a few weeks ago. My hands got awfully itchy seeing those piled up blocks, it's been far too long since I've split for firewood. Curse apartment buildings!