In the 21st century, homeowners, property managers, farmers and outdoors-people have countless technological gadgets to help them manage – or otherwise live off – the land.
From emergency generators and snowblowers to brush cutters and floor sanders, getting things done is quicker and easier than ever.
Acknowledging this, many of us nevertheless will occasionally opt for low tech solutions: the garden hoe, the machete, the chisel and, yes, the axe.
Sometimes these basic tools just work better. At other times, using human strength and dexterity satisfies the soul as it conditions the body. The chainsaw gives way to the axe – for chopping and for splitting.