Tom Fort

The Axeman Cometh

Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way

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‘The way a person cuts and stacks wood can tell you a great deal about him,’ declares Lars Mytting in this improbable international bestseller – which is somewhat worrying to me as I survey the uncouth heap of beech in my ramshackle woodshed. My problem may be that I do not have the advantage of what he calls a ‘uniquely Nordic woodburning gene’. But at least I do have, and regularly use, a chainsaw, an axe and a chopping block, so I am consoled by his belief that producing wood for the fire ‘can be a godsend when the ability to do more complex tasks begins to decline’.

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