Don't the wrong idea. I didn't split all of this by hand. A wood splitter did most of the damage. The ax helped with all the kindling though. Call me crazy, but I like to do some splitting of wood in November. I used to get my wood in tree lengths right off the logging truck. Starting in the summer heat, I'd cut, split, and stack it all, but those days are long gone. We do like that ol' wood stove chugging away during winter storms and cold January days though. This is our woodshed. For three seasons, it's an opened-faced lean-to that gets a lot sun, birds, garter snakes, mice, hornets and a skunk once. It's quite a menagerie. When late fall hits, all but the mice have left to warmer spots. When all the wood is stacked, I have a large brown tarp that I attach to the front, protecting all within from the nasty elements of a Maine winter. I completed that task this past weekend. Maine winter... Bring it on!