When it comes to tools, the axe is one of my favourites. A hammer has its place, I agree, and a screwdriver can come in handy, but an axe is certainly the one I prefer to use (I think they’re the only three tools I’m aware of).

Maybe this particular axe is past its best, but there is something both therapeutic and rewarding about using a shinier, larger axe, to chop wood. I enjoy the physical aspect of it; I enjoy the precision required to bring the head down on to a small piece of wood to chop it in half; I enjoy the satisfaction you get when one swing goes clean through a log splitting it in two.

Of course, and as with many things, sometimes the older models get replaced by a younger, shiner one. It’s relegated to the back of the shed where it is left to gather dust and rust, and become the home for a spider, and knowing it’s not long before it heads off to the chopping block itself.

  • Camera: NIKON D7000
  • Focal length: 170mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000s