My New Ax

Surprise! I’ll bet you thought my new Ax was going to be a new guitar? As you can see below it’s a real Ax for chopping down trees. Laurie asked me why I got a chopping ax instead of a splitting ax? It’s pretty simple: like a Lumberjack, I chop down trees.

My new ax is made by Husqvarna, and it’s a solid, heavy-duty ax.

Mama Owl and Daddy Owl are still hanging in the tree across the irrigation ditch from where they have nested for the past four years.

Like a Lumberjack, I felled two elm trees in a matter of minutes with my new ax.

Crane looking for a morsel before going to bed.

Remember Monty Python’s The Lumberjack Song?

73 thoughts on “My New Ax

    • It’s a great ax. I don’t see humor like Monty Python these days. They were great. Thanks, Maj & Sher.

  1. Somehow I missed this MP. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Is that a hollow handle on that ax? Bow saw is my favorite tool for larger projects. I feel like I’m less likely to hurt myself.

    • HI Lavinia. I use a bowsaw, also. I ordered a DeWalt cordless chainsaw since I have DeWalt cordless drills that use the same battery packs. I was thinking about getting a Stihl cordless chainsaw that uses the same battery as my weedwhacker, but the only store in town that might have one has not answered their phone. The other stores that are supposed to carry them according to Stihl’s website don’t. I can’t seem to buy Stihl cordless tools online. The DeWalt got the highest rating in a couple of comparisons of cordless chainsaws. It should be adequate for what I need. I’m getting the DeWalt at Home Depot.

      • If you have a reciprocating saw, there are the large tooth blades for pruning and the like. This is how I handle some of the larger cutting projects. Less likely to have kickback, which you always have to watch for with chainsaws. When it comes to firewood, it’s always a chainsaw. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • One of the reasons I didn’t persevere in getting a Stihl, is it will be heavy with a 3000 battery pack like I have. One of the desirable features of the DeWalt for me is it’s supposed to be light weight.

      • The weight won’t bother me. Both are good companies, but Stihl has a very good reputation, and there is an authorized Stihl repair facility down the other end of town.

      • They do, and I will go check prices. We have a Stihl electric string trimmer which we have had for years. Works like a champ. The batteries are not light, but manageable enough.

      • Lavinia is quite right about Stihl chainsaws, a very good product. I have a gas-powered Stihl MS 200, which is ideal for firewood cutting. It bought it from Amanda at JN Ranch. She still has three chainsaws she uses during firewood cutting season (Aug).

    • You got that right. I don’t like gas powered chainsaws, mowers, weedwhackers they make too much noise. I cut down elm trees because they are invasive and like weeds. Everything else remains. Thanks, Puzzleblume.

      • I understand but wonder about their hardiness. In Europe the elm-trees are home, but dying by a tree fungus spread by a beetle since years.

      • We had elm beetles for many years. I have not seen an elm beetle in 20 years now. We have Siberian elms that were introduced in the early 20th Century. They are hardy. spread lots of seeds in the springtime, and grow very fast.

    • I have wedges and a splitting ax around somewhere. We rarely burn. But we have started using the chimenea now that we have been doing outdoor celebrations.

  2. Haha! While not a fan of Monty Python in general, this one is a classic (must be the Canadian connection that gets me ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
    So, I presume you cut down trees that need cutting down – that beauty of an ax helps you get your workout in at the same time!

    • I love M.P. It’s hard to resist the Canadian connection. I only cut down weed trees. Thanks, Dale.

  3. Axiologically, you have a whopping Ax, Tim.
    I vague memory stirred when I listened to the Lumberjack Song, took me back to when things were Coronvirus-free, and I was young, fit and well-off. Cheers!

  4. We have a small axe by Fiskars and it’s the best one we’ve ever tried. Your Husqvarna one looks modelled in similar style. So light but perfectly balanced. Enjoy!

    • Hi Couriers. I have a lot of Fiskars tools. The older ones are really good. I have broken some newer Fiskars tools. I have an old Fiskars all metal shovel that Tristan bent the handle on trying to dig up a stump. I bent the handle back, and bought another shovel just like it. The spade on the new shovel broke when I was digging a hole. The old bend one keeps on going.

      • Ah, theyโ€™ve been expanding fast, buying up loads of companies. Perhaps itโ€™s diluting quality. Shame if thatโ€™s the case. We often visit Fiskars in Finland and love going to their shop.

      • It’s hard to say. A lot of times regulations change materials and processes that can be used in the manufacturing of items that effect quality as well.

  5. This is the first time.
    I knew you meant a REAL axe.
    Don’t know why.
    Anyway, that is some nasty chopper downer.
    I love that MP skit/song. I didn’t appreciate them much in the day… didn’t really hear about them until late 70’s. Fawlty Towers was my conduit into MP.

    • Thanks, Resa. I discovered them in the 70s when I was a teenager, also. Laurie said she watched Doctor in the House and then MP starting when she was 12.

  6. I donโ€™t know how any one doesnโ€™t fall in love with your owls. They are so beautiful and like part of the family too. All your kitty shots are so sweet. You have a great eye and I just love your land and wildlife. Great photography my friend. Love yโ€™all folks take care of each other. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’•Joni

      • I thought that was a manly axe ๐Ÿช“ something you were serious about. Sounds like I was right. I am afraid of big things that cut. It was an odd looking thing to me. I must say the setup you and your family did for your get together was amazing and so cozy looking. Be careful with that thing Tim. Love yโ€™all Joni ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•โค๏ธ๐Ÿฆ‹

      • You’re a woman who knows her limitations. I hope you are having a terrific Thursday.

      • Haha this made me smile. Please donโ€™t feel like you have to respond again I know everyone is busy. I realized a long time ago that with age comes certain limitations. When my daughter was about six years old and was playing with a slip and slide I decided to take a turn with her and her friends. I threw myself on that plastic with the hard ground underneath and knocked the wind out of myself. I was shocked, appalled and dismayed. What, I thought, how can this be? As I get older I stay in pretty good shape but I have learned to take care of my body so that I will continue to be flexible and relatively strong for my size. But that is it . . .
        Your comment made my morning- you two enjoy your day on your gorgeous land. ๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ

      • I realized how much strength I had lost from when I was 21 in 1980 and 53 in 2012. I was cleaning up the property in 2012 and when I went to lift a old radio tower to move it, I could not lift it, I could barely budge it. When I was 21, I had used that tower for an art installation at the university. I had built the project with radio tower, and I had moved and set up that tower by myself. I was amazed to think back on how I was able to do that all by myself way back then.

      • Wow, you were super strong when you were a youngster. Still it is a shock when we realize wow I canโ€™t do this anymore. That is a great example. I am sure doing manly things on your land keeps you fit. Thanks for sharing your story Tim. You have been in love with that land for a while, what a blessing. Love โค๏ธ Joni

    • Hi Julie. I’m not so sure the birds like the camera as they tolerate the paparazzo. MP had some great stuff.

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