How to Use an Axe – Cote Nord Adventure Ep. 12

How to Use an Axe – Cote Nord Adventure Ep. 12


In this episode, I show you how to get dry firewood after a wet and rainy day.



although still

quite overcast

After we got hammered by rain for the last 36 hours [it] is not raining anymore

We are just screaming down River here run three rapids this morning one

That's a pretty big waves super fun and the current in this river is just awesome just

kilometres upon kilometers of Fast current no obstructions

just take it all in and watch scenery go by

Lots more excitement to come but this day 11 we only have three days left after today

So the trip is coming to an end back to [life]

back to [enzyme] [unity]

We have decided to make [camp] after paddling through a foggy abyss like day, and it's time to go get wood

Here's a pretty good looking one there best thing to do when you're getting firewood is get a standing dead

tree off the ground and you know what's going to be driving middle is always nice and [dried] your best bet to go especially when

You've had wet weather like today, and yes, the idea is when you chop you want to chop like this into it like that

So on an angle and then to get those pieces you [want] to come like that and you can see already

That's a nice and dry in the middle there


Rule is get as much wood as you think you're going to need then get three times more [out] [of] a nice fire type

[grout] some of our stuff, so let's go get another one

When you're taking [down] a large [sized] tree especially [a] dead one it could be rotting at the top

I'm going to look up at it

And make sure that top piece of its Rod doesn't break up and bam

Smokey right in the head [chop] out a little area when you're in the dense brush with that little space you create for yourself

That will allow you to get the hell out of the way jump back move back a couple steps

Run all the way and keep it [talked] snaps often come down and get you put loggers called Widow-makers

One thing that's easier to get more control out of your axe is

sliding your hand

[you] start your swing with your hand at the top of the axe and as you bring it down you slide that hand down to

The bottom that'll give you a little bit more accuracy a little bit better control with your axe

I'm chopping and sand here

So it's a great idea to put something under [your] wood because it's just going to sink in the sand

There's rocks or anything you can also ruin your oxley

I'm going to start with an area about this [line] and there two there, [and] I'm just going to

Cut this right down

This [one]. That's the easy one your offhand swing I'd like to bring my hand up

Around the top of my head and down like that

[always] [make] sure that

Should you miss your feet are out of the way if my foots here? See me come around like this if I miss?


What you can do is you can split the middle of a standing dead?

just take a little piece out if you want to tell if it's dry or not and you just put that to your tongue and

They'll make almost like a blotting effect

It'll suck to your tongues stick to your tongue, and if it is wet that won't have it

so you'll be able to tell right away, but just by touching that wood to your tongue, and that's dry and

That's what can save your life is standing dead and that nice dry wood

You can split it you can whittle out small matchstick sized pieces in there that'll take a plane even if you don't have any birch

Bark or small sticks to get your fire going so key thing [to] remember

This is a silver stag bowie-knife the way that we split wood with large knife is something called

Batoning and this is why I carry a large knife. I put my knife. Just like this in the middle of it, okay, and

[then] I use this smack it down like that on the other side

Look at that right to the [draw] center to Whittle pieces out like this and use those to start [too] far with

Essentially using this knife right there as a draw knife that's another way you can make effective tinder


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Jim Baird is an Adventurer, videographer, writer, photographer, and talent. His previous rolls include extensive work with a map company as well as guiding and prospecting. Jim has shot video for Cineflix productions, BBC Worldwide, 13 Minds, and The Weather Network US. He's produced video series such as “The Kesagami River Solo” and “Lessons From The Trail with Jim Baird”. Jim’s content has also appeared in print for several publications that include Explore, Canoeroots, Real Fishing, Ontario Out of Doors, Outdoor Canada, Canoe & Kayak, and Field & Stream magazines. Jim is an expert woodsman, white-water canoeist, survivalist, and a bold wilderness navigator. His expedition experience includes a solo trip down the canoe eating rapids of the Kesagami and then along the tempestuous James Bay coat, an 800-mile snowmobile expedition across the Northwest Passage, 300miles above the Arctic Circle. A month long descent of the Northwest Territories Kuujjua River in the Arctic Archipelago, followed by 120-kilometers of paddling on the Arctic Ocean. He's also completed a 33-day canoe expedition via four rivers including the Adlatok in northern Quebec and Labrador.