December 30th, 2008 – Altynivka. Chopping wood.
My third day of vacation started with a trip to the local bazaar. A bunch of small vendors were selling a pretty eclectic assortment of goods. Wherever we went the first words out of people’s mouths would be: “why doesn’t he have a hat?” I’ll have to see if I can get a hat while I’m here.
Jess bought some matches, fish, eggs, and a few other random things at the bazaar. On the walk home we stopped at Larissa’s to get an axe. One of the things that I had really wanted to do when I came over here was chop wood. I find the idea of chopping wood very rustic and intriguing. Jess had set aside a huge pile of wood to be cut. I borrowed one of Jess’s hats and was ready for action.
Does that wood look nervous? Because it’s about to get THE AXE.
I started in and immediately got the axe stuck in the wood. Now, for those of you that have chopped wood before, perhaps the solution to this problem seems obvious, but I have very little experience in wood chopping and was very confused. See, every once in awhile you have to chop a huge freakin’ log of wood and the axe can not destroy it in a single swing! Instead the axe gets thoroughly lodged inside the wood and prying it out is impossible for mere mortals. Thankfully, Andri, (Larissa’s son) was walking by and saw me struggling. He ran over and laughingly showed me the trick.
You lift the wood/axe combo up, flip it over so that the axe is on the bottom, and then slam the butt of the blade into your chopping block. The wood explodes!! I took a video demonstrating this process!
I spent much of the remaining day chopping wood.
All the wood that you see here was chopped by me, though there are a whole bunch of rows of wood behind the front two sections that were cut by Jess. Wood chopping is fun! Yay Ukraine!