This is part 3 of the series on basic axe use. Here I cover some simple splitting techniques for when you are working with pieces of wood which have been cut with an axe.
Part 3 of 4:
Some things that were not mentioned in the video:
1. Just like I have said before, the type of wood with which you are working will greatly change how easily you will be able to do the job. It is not always a hard vs. soft wood distinction. Some woods just split much more easily than other.
2. Try to work with pieces without knots, as they will be easier to split.
3. Remember that while the ground is a solid surface, it actually has quite a bit of give/springiness, which will absorb a lot of the energy of an impact. Make sure to place the piece of wood you are splitting on a solid log.