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November 12, 2012

Axe worship

Personally, I just like chopping for its own sake.
There’s something warming about the ritual of it and the sense of provision. Place, stand, breathe, swing, cut. Watching the wood. Watching the radial splits out from the centre, marking the place to bring the axe down, waiting for the faint exhalation of scent from the wood as it falls. Like cooking, it provides a sense of sufficiency and delight but, unlike cooking, log-chopping has a particular rhythm to it, like a form of active meditation. You do, very literally, get into the swing of it. -- Bella Bathurst – Axe worship

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 12, 2012 9:06 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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It would be an even more profound practice if it was Obama's neck.

Posted by: Stephen Carter at November 12, 2012 8:52 PM

Chop wood all winter and there's no need to burn any.

Posted by: Peccable at November 13, 2012 3:06 AM

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