I'm not working as much as I used to. Different job, different hours, better pay. For the first time in over a year, I had the opportunity to go outside and split wood today. I won't use a wood splitter. Too loud, too smelly, too much to go wrong.
Took me about two hours to do this pile. Man, I felt good afterwards.
This is my Snow & Nealley 3 1/4 lb. axe on a 32" haft. It is, by far, my favorite splitting axe. I got it out of my grandfather's garage in Northern Maine a few years ago. It had a few chunks taken out of the face. I filed it down to repair it and it has been my favorite ever since.
According to the markings, I'd say it was made in the 50's or 60's. It goes to show that investing in a good tool can bring you (or, in this case your grandson or great grandson) years of use.