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    Thumbs up Chopping Wood

    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.
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    Few better functional workouts exist....
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    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.
    "Many men are able, most aren't willing"
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    Default axe-head flying off the handle?

    is that a significant safety issue? how would one get around that?

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    Eights,
    Wood is usually split with a maul not an axe. When fitted properly it is not a problem.
    "Many men are able, most aren't willing"
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    is that a significant safety issue? how would one get around that?

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

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    Default Chopping down trees can kill you

    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.
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    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Steve Courson, the former offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh 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
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    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.
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