I have a real interest in working outdoors and – in particular -getting our supply of wood ready for the coming winter. I’ve done previous posts entitled
-“Axes, Wedges and Mauls”
-“Axes, Wedges and Mauls, Part Two”
But today, we are going to check out a few extra-special gift items for the woodchopper in your life.
I learned early on that you need a good pair of gloves and nothing beats leather. These Panhandler Gloves from Sullivan Glove Co, are basic work wear and they are on sale right now.
Don’t forget to protect your loved one’s feet. One missed swing wearing sneakers and it’s off to the ER.
I had a near miss myself this summer. I spent a few hours splitting wood and should have stopped when I got tired but didn’t. I missed the log and the axe hit the front of my boot. There was a large dent in the leather but, luckily, no damage other than a bruised toe. It got me thinking if maybe I should have had a pair of logger boots or safety-toe shoes on. For example, the Red Wing Logger Boots shown above have a steel toe and are Made in the USA.
Another Made-in-USA example is the Carolina Men’s 922 EH Logger Boots.
Safety glasses are great gifts because when you are working outside, stuff will fly. These ESS Safety Glasses are stylish, designed with a broad temple for side protection and can accept Rx lenses.
On a wooded property, the Woodman’s Pal machete can come in handy to get past all the brush. The company has been making them in Pennsylvania since 1941. It’s a brand that’s popular with surveyors, loggers, and foresters, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the same quality. The “Pal” can trim, prune, chop, and split, performing the tasks of many other tools. Shown above is the Woodman’s Pal Classic Machete w/Nylon Sheath & Stone, To see more of the Made-in-USA products from Woodman’s Friend, click here.
For the record, I prefer to split my own wood with a maul and wedge but plenty of people would be thrilled to get this Swisher log splitter from Tractor Supply Company. At 22 tons it is capable of splitting a 24″ diameter log.
Once the wood is split, you need a means of carrying thelogs to the house or storage rack. This sturdy canvas and leather log carrier moves firewood in style and it is guaranteed for life.
Another item from Tractor Supply Co is this wood storage rack which needs two 2″ x 4″s and you have a nice neat place to season your wood for the upcoming winter.
This Hy-C Small Log Rack from Walmart lifts the wood off the ground and you don’t have to supply the 2″x4″s. It’s also available in medium and large sizes.
After all the hard work of the day, it’s great to kick back and open a favorite beverage, so a bottle opener, like this one from GrOpener, makes a fine gift. It’s designed for one-hand operation, so the drinking can begin as soon as you have the canvas log tote securely in your hands. The built-in magnet even holds onto the cap .