We’ve been gathering and chopping wood for the last 12 years and we’ve had some adventures with hills and winches, breaking ropes, trips and falls and all the rest of what you would expect. I’ve never done it from a boat though so this article and video from Daisy Crocket was cool to watch as well as being an eye opener about the difficulties of living off grid.
Thanks for sharing this with us Daisy Crocket!
For many, there’s something almost nostalgic and romantic about chopping firewood. The idea tends to send toasty warm sensations and images of curling up with a soft, luxurious blanket on a worn, brown leather couch, as the warm glow from nearby candles and firelight dance upon your steamy glass of hot buttered rum or mug of gourmet minty, hot chocolate.
And of course, it’s also a great, fresh-air workout.
For us wilderness dwellers, a fully stacked woodshed is one of the most beautiful, comforting and satisfying pictures we can imagine and that’s what drives me to love splitting wood, most days.
Whenever I mention chopping firewood, most people enthusiastically respond with, “Oh I love chopping wood.” Really? I suppose I believe this when I imagine all the wood rounds arriving in the back yard with little effort, stacked neatly around the chopping block, splitting like butter.
I’ve got a lot of love for that scenario too, but I’m pretty sure you’d be smiling and giving thanks for your heating bill this winter if you had to collect and chop firewood with me this year.
In classic echo bay style, I discovered I first needed to check off a 10 page “To Do List” before I even heaved and rolled the first round towards my woodshed. My tasks weren’t going to be quick or easy either, it was time to start conserving the last few sticks of wood I had
Nikki van Schyndel
Adventurer – Wilderness Guide – Expert Tracker & Primitive Survivalist
Tired of waiting for her plane to crash or a worldwide technical disaster to create a real-life survival emergency, Nikki paid someone to abandon her on a deserted island in the wilderness for nearly two years, testing her skills and learning the truths of survival. From dream home to lean-to, diamonds to bear claws, Nikki shares this incredible journey in her bestselling book Becoming Wild.
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