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17 July 2011

Fiskars giveaway

A little while ago, Fiskars sent us one of their new axes. It was right before Hanno started cutting down that camphor laurel tree so it came in handy, right when we needed it. He used the chain saw for the heavy work and used the Fiskars axe to chop the smaller branches from the main trunk, then to split some of the wood. Hanno said it is an excellent tool, it's easy to use and feels good in the hand. Even the very hard wood of the camphor laurel was easy to split with the Fiskars axe.

Fiskars have given me another axe to give away to one of my Australian readers.  It's the same as the one we're using here so I know it is a good reliable product that Hanno and I are happy to recommend to you.

If you'd like to be in the draw to win this axe, remember, Australian readers only, add a comment about what you need the axe for. The draw will take place next Thursday.



I have another giveaway coming up next week, and it's one that everyone can enter, no matter where you live. More details later in the week.

AND THE WINNER IS: Linda 
Hi Rhonda, We would use an axe like this because my husband keeps discussing how he would like to chop wood by hand. He has decided using the chainsaw (and fossil fuels) is unnecessary. He says he could do it by hand with a good saw and good axe. Sorry I'm writing a novel length comment but I have been wanting to tell you how inspirational I find your blog. Although I have been living many elements of the simple life for years, your blog has reminded me to enjoy the process and to smell the roses on our busy way! Thank you!
July 17, 2011 9:01 AM

64 comments:

  1. My boys would love to win this axe. They have started up their own wood business selling fire wood to people.Thank you for this opportunity. xxoo

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  2. Hi! I've been reading your blog for about 3 years but this will be my first comment. Like many other readers have said, I think that reading your blog is a beautiful way to start the day. I'm also enjoying your DIL's blog- I'm pregnant with my first so I've been loving the baby posts.
    If I win the axe I'll use it for chopping wood for our awesome Tassie-made woodheater we got this winter. Actually to be honest it will be my husband using it mostly :)
    Serena from Tassie

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  3. Hi Rhonda we could use a new axe for splitting wood to use in our wood fired kitchen stove. It bakes the best bread, roasts etc. and saves electricity but splitting the wood to the right size is a chore.

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  4. Our neighbor - Jimmie - who is now 79years old, and soon to be 80 is a kind and dear man. He and his wife allow me to have use of a section of their 2 acres for my vegetable garden ( our allotment ) and from this we can share excess with some of our neighbours. Jimmie still cuts and splits his own wood for their wood heater, it would be wonderful to be able to repay his kindness with this Fiskars giveaway.

    Fingers crossed.
    Anne Jones

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  5. Hi Rhonda, We would use an axe like this because my husband keeps discussing how he would like to chop wood by hand. He has decided using the chainsaw (and fossil fuels) is unnecessary. He says he could do it by hand with a good saw and good axe. Sorry I'm writing a novel length comment but I have been wanting to tell you how inspirational I find your blog. Although I have been living many elements of the simple life for years, your blog has reminded me to enjoy the process and to smell the roses on our busy way! Thank you!

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  6. Because our heating is via a woodfired heater, we are chopping wood every day. A new axe would be beneficial. A lovely opportunity thanks Rhonda.

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  7. It is lovely to have a giveaway that we Aussies can enter and such a practical prize too. A good quality axe which does not go blunt would be put to good use here. To keep our Stanley wood stove going and get the oven up to temperature for baking and roasting a good supply of smaller pieces of firewood is needed. I roasted potatoes in the stove the other day - the best I have ever tasted. Our clothes dry overnight when hung from the wooden ladder hanging from the ceiling which is our new drying rack. Also makes the home seem even more welcoming as it is so cozy and warm. Dryer is obsolete and no need for electric heaters. Good exercise too, from chopping wood - so many benefits from one tool!

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  8. As soon as I saw the pic I thought 'wow, love the axe', then I read yr post (I didn't know what a fiskars was!), then I read the few comments above and decided that I don't really 'need' it, there's others that do, so ... good luck everyone!!

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  9. I don't know if I should admit this, but I'd like a new axe because I keep forgetting and leaving mine out in the weather. But that may be just because I've never had one that I really love - I find that if I have tools I love - garden and kitchen - I have fewer of them and take care of them and they last forever.

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  10. Hi There,
    My children and I love nothing more than to make a fire on the weekends and cook a camp oven. Recently our old axe handle died and I don't have spare funds atm to replace it. We still have our fires by burning the logs through the middle but it isn't very efficient. Soon I will be cooking mostly by fire when we move to our new place so a new axe would be terrific.... Good luck everyone...

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  11. Great axe, we are about to have a huge tree removed, its rotten at the base. A new axe would make the job easier. Its going to be an enormous job. We use as much as the tree as possible. The timber will be used for fuel for the stove, kindling will be used to start the fire and the leaves mulched for the garden.

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  12. Our axe is nearly dead, we have a wood burning heater so a nice new axe would be wonderful. My pensioner husband would really appreciate it!!!!

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  13. Good Morning Rhonda, Great Giveaway, Let me see, why do we need this axe?
    I think it would be a great family bonding tool...My husband and son could chop up the wood for our fireplace together! :)

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  14. We're about to have a wood range installed in the kitchen, we already have a slow combustion wood heater in the living room. A new axe would be a great help!

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  15. When you had the Fiskars secateur giveaway, I decided to buy myself a set and am so impressed with the quality.

    My hubby's old axe has seen better days and he often gets splinters in his hands from the old handle.

    If I win I will be gifting it to him to use for various jobs around our farm.

    Thankyou Rhonda and Fiskars for this wonderful gift for some lucky person to enjoy!

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  16. My hubby could really do with this axe as we have to cut down 3 ornamental plum tees to make way for a shed so we can clear out our spare bedroom which is full of tools and other bits and pieces to turn it into a nursery as we're hoping to be pregnant by the end of this year!
    And congrats on the new addition to your growing family!

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  17. I am having my morning cuppa and trying to think of a good reason why we need an axe more than any of your other readers and too be honest i don't have an answer, we have an axe it's an oldie but a goody and at the start of winter my hubby sharpens it so we can cut the wood for the fire. I would love a new axe so we could both chop wood at the same time and half the amount of time we have to be out in the cold. Sorry for the long answer.

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  18. Matthew SummersJuly 17, 2011 11:39 am

    Hi there, my family and I could use the axe as we have recently put in a fireplace to help us on those cold days and nights. We have a stack of wood that needs splitting and the Fiskars axe would be extremely useful to us. I also would use the tool at a new community garden and permaculture site that we are setting up in the Illawarra. There will be lots of pizza's and bread to bake in our cob oven! Kind Regards, Matthew

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  19. Hi Rhonda :-) a couple of years ago I had the honour of being an Australian Ambassador for Fiskars (when I was in the scrapbooking magazine industry designing, writing and teaching). I can truly say their products are of exceptional quality. We don't need the axe but it's lovely they've given you the chance to give one away and bless someone's socks off!
    Lusi x

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  20. Hi Rhonda. I have a wood splitter (not a mechanical one...just the old lump of metal on a handle job) and I have a tomahawk. I would love to have a Fiskars axe to help me keep up with the fire wood.

    I have also had to dispatch a couple of chickens...one due to severe egg prolapse and the rooster because he had been attacked by a fox. Quite honestly the tomahawk was not the ideal tool. I need a nice sharp axe for the job.

    Thank you for your blog and congratulations on the latest arrival. Being a grandma is the best thing in my life.

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  21. It's our first winter on our little bit of heaven(1.7 acres) My husband works long hours but still makes time to chop the wood to get the fire going before he goes to work so I'll be snug and warm. I'd love to say "thank you" in a practical way by giving him a lovely new axe! Having said that, the old gentleman Jimmie that Annie wrote about sounds a dear kind man (just like my husband!)A new axe for Jimmy would be wonderful. Can I vote for him? lol.
    Thanks for the brilliant blog, its my daily dose of joy.

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  22. Well, nothing like a giveaway to draw out the lurkers! I've been enjoying your words for a while and I always leave your blog with new inspiration for my day but I don't think I've left you a comment before.
    The axe?.... well, we live in Tassie and it's mighty cold for quite a bit of the year, so chopping utensils are always needed! Thanks for the chance to own one!

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  23. I'd really love to have my own axe to chop the wood for the combustion stove when hubby doesn't have time to do it as his axe is heavy and not always sharpened properly and at 5'2" I don't have a lot of height to get a good swing going!
    I've owned a Fiskars paper cutter for my scrapbooking for years and I don't have any complaints. I'm impressed the range of their cutting tools is so wide!
    Thanks for offering this giveaway.
    Cheers,
    Robyn

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  24. Hi Rhonda. I would give the axe to my fourteen year old nephew who is the man in his household. He takes responsibility for keeping the family warm throughout winter by chopping ALL their wood for two old and inefficient stoves. Who said the youth of today were selfish and lost - not this one! Thanks. Alison

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  25. My parents' only heating is a wood heater (and a combustion stove). If were lucky enough to win the axe, I'd be using it to help them split wood for each winter, especially as they're not as agile as they used to be. We'd also use it around our garden when a branch or two has dropped (as they inevitably do) to bring them down to a much more reasonable size.
    Thanks for this opportunity - I'll keep my fingers crossed :)

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  26. What a fantastic oppurtunity Rhonda and Fiskars
    For people living on the smell of an oily rag an axe is a vital peice of equipment.
    Used to provide food (sacrificing chickens) and provide warmth (cutting fire wood), it is a tool that is used weekly around my neck of the woods at the moment

    Thankyou
    Mark Harris

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  27. Hi Rhonda - My wife and I are just weeks away from putting our suburban house on the market. Then we are moving into the hills up near Blackbutt on a couple of acres, we are planning a life as self sufficient as possible and I'm sure an axe will be among the required tools :)

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  28. Its winter, I live in Tasmania, I rest my case.
    Deb

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  29. O yes please - just in time for me to cut down some cocos palm trees that have been plaguing me for ages.

    Lilian

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  30. My sewing scissors are Fiskars. I've had them for years. My former boyfriend let a cigarette get into my bag and partially melted the handle. But, I didn't get rid of them. They're the best pair of scissors I have. I'm from Arkansas in the US, so no axe for me. Someday, I might get to live in the country, and then I can axe shop.

    l,
    BStitches

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  31. gosh, ive been thinking about getting a nice axe recently - for chopping firewood, of course!

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  32. We were just commenting the other day that an axe would be really handy for splitting the pile of wood in our back yard so it becomes useable rather than just taking up space! Thanks for your encouragement to do things a different way.

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  33. My husband cuts up the fire wood out at the farm, his parents obviously have a lot larger fire box than we have so half the wood that comes home is too big to fit into our fire. I have to wait until my husband has time to bring the axe home from out the farm (this can take a week or more) so sometimes I end up with no wood that will fit on my fire, even though I have several wheelbarrows worth of wood, just none of it fits, therefore if I had my own axe I could do it myself and the problem would be solved
    Katrina from SESA

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  34. This would be a great present for my brother who has a small holding near the snowy mountains in NSW. They're frugal penny pinchers like us and the best present is always a practical one!
    take care
    x

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  35. My husband would love a new axe. I can't imagine how old ours is. In fact I can't even remember where or how we got it! I love reading your blog. It's a great way to start the day. Thanks

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  36. Obviously. being based in the UK, I can't enter the competition, but thanks for reminding us of a bit of essential "kit" we have yet to obtain.

    What we do have is a hand cranked chainsaw. It looks like a length of sharpened bicycle chain with ropes either end. We've used it to bring down a weed tree (Tree of Heaven) in the garden, plus assorted overhanging or dangerous branches at home and at the allotment. Packs away safely in a small bag.

    Not a tool we use every day, but much less drama than hiring a chainsaw - and much safer.

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  37. My boyfriend has managed to destroy two axes so far chopping up the redgum for our slow combustion heater. I'd love a sturdy axe for him to use.

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  38. Hi Rhonda and Hanno the Axe-Man:) We are in the process of settlement for our own new beginning-13 acres of joy, and a new life for our children to grow and learn /start a path to a greener lifestyle. We could sure use this axe to split timber that has fallen on fences,to be put to good use making garden bed edging for vege plots, new fenceposts etc. Good luck to all, and thankyou for the chance!
    Quick question-is the homemade laundry liquid and powder suitable for septic system use( not Biocycle style) ? Thankyou
    Shelly

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  39. After moving from an old home with a combustion fire (that my parents now live in) I have missed our fireplace, but my father has been trying to teach my son how to split wood and m son broke the ax handle, so I would love to replace it with a new one, for them both to use again.
    Thankyou for the down to earth blog! Warmest wishes, Renelle

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  40. my wonderful hubby would love an axe to chop the wood to keep him warm when he goes fishing and camping.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  41. My boys would be so excited to win this. Chopping wood with an axe is one of the few things they do of their own volition that is unrelated to computer games and playing musical instruments. (BTW, I approve of the 2nd far more than the first!)

    How generous of Fiskars to offer this!

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  42. I was going to say we could use it when we go camping and for sorting out some trees round the place.

    However, I think that I would give it to my Nanna as she still cuts her own wood (at 70+yrs) and lights the boiler every night for hot water (she's 150odd kms from the nearest town so she does a lot of things herself). I think she'd love it and I know she would look after it.

    Cheers for the opportunity.

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  43. Thankyou for the opportunity to win a new axe. As a family we cherish the autumn months spent gleaning timber from our farm to stack and provide that all important winter warmth. Burning the brambles in the paddock, toasting marshmallows with the kids, the smell of the eucalpytus leaves burning and the enjoyment of walking away from a well stacked wood pile. The axe if won would become a valued part of these lovely autumn and winter days.

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  44. this would be a real boon for my 78yr old hubby as we still live on acreage here in Brisbane and do most of our cooking outside on our well used BBQ .

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  45. My daughter and son in law live on 3 acres. This would be a wonderful addition to Williams tool set. Any birthday money he is given William spends on tools. Thank you for the opportunity to be in the draw.

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  46. A little light axe like this would be very handy for me around the garden. Our old one is big and heavy and my husband uses the chainsaw for old black wattle trees as they fall, but a little axe would be great for my part.... the in-between size of wood for the kindling! cheers Wendy

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  47. Hi Rhonda, read your blog regularly and it keeps me inspired to life simply. My partner is one the the Fly-in Fly-out workers and our axe is ancient and has tape wrapped around the handle. I would appreciate a new Fiskars axe.

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  48. This would be great for my husband as he is learning to use a chainsaw to cut our own fire wood, this would help with the rest of the job. So much money can be saved cutting our own fire wood.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  49. The axe might motivate my Hubby to chop some more of our wood pile for use in our wood heater, instead of just relying on the A/C all the time!

    Cheers Lois

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  50. I would love to win an axe like this...I don't even have an axe...I'm currently sourcing the materials to build an outdoor cob oven...and an axe would be perfect for splitting the red-gum timber bits we have in the shed..

    Good work Hanno....great job you have done saving all that timber....a great source to have for next year's heating.

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  51. Well, being a stay at home to 3 little boys and a farmers wife, I don't actually get to see my dear husband during the winter, so wood collection is up to me and the kids. I am currently trying to swing a big old cumbersome thing whilst not taking off a toe or two, and while juggling an 18month old, 3 year old and 5 year old boy who just wants to help. I need to quicken this task - so many batch's of scones, biscuits and cakes have burnt in my wood oven while i'm trying to cut pieces small enough to fit! Very sad...

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  52. How timely, my husband's axe broke last week when he was cutting some palms down to make way for our new fruit trees and veggie patch. We could certainly do with another one as there's still lots of chopping to be done. Many worthy recipients here Rhonda - you'll have a hard time choosing but thank you for considering us anyway. Kindest Regards, Miki

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  53. Hi Rhonda
    Chookasdad could certainly use a new axe.. He is wonderful at repairing, recycling, reusing and building,all sorts of wonderful things. We also have a slow combustion stove on which all our cooking is done for about 6-7 months of the year, and a wonderful slow combustion heater,which heats our home, so a NEW axe would be a real treasure for him
    cheers xx

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  54. I would love this axe for my new house and first ever coonara!!!!!!!!!

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  55. Hi Rhonda, We live on 10 acres and have a lovely, homely fireplace that we enjoy using during the cool winter months. My husband cuts logs for the fireplace but sometimes they are quite thick and the axe would be a very useful tool for splitting the wood. I love your blog and read it every day - very inspirational. Thanks Deb

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  56. RUNNING A FARM (ON HIS OWN) AND TRAVELLING TWO HOURS TO WORK EVERY DAY IN THE CITY, MY MAN NEEDS ALL THE HELP HE CAN GET TO MAKING LIFE A LITTLE 'EASIER.' A NEW AXE WOULD CUT THROUGH THE LATEST DELIVERY OF WOOD IN NO TIME! HE COULD THEN SIMPLY...'REL AXE' 'M AXE!!'

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  57. My hubby would love to have this - it would allow him to tackle some of the hard wood in our wood pile.

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  58. Hi Rhonda we would love to win an axe to save the expense of us having to buy one! Our new home is our first experience with a wood burning heater and some of the bigger pieces are being put to the side ATM as they just won't fit but we have nothing to cut them with at this stage.

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  59. What a wonderful offer, I wish lots of happy axe use to who ever wins this giveaway.

    There's something about using an axe that is satisfying. I don't have one apart from a very small one, when I do need one I need borrow one from my Dad.

    I'd like to get a wood fired heater in the near future, having an axe would be a step in the right direction. Right now we could get practise in by chopping wood for Mum and Dad's fireplace.

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  60. Hi Rhonda,
    What a great time of year to giveaway an axe! Living in Roma we have nights of -6 degrees and as we are currently saving for a new wood heater ( ours is broken) It would be great if we won an axe therefore having more money towards getting the wood heater. A nice aze will also come in handy around the garden. Thanks for the opportunity x

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  61. Thanks for the opportunity. It would be for my use as I have wood heating & no one to which to delegate this duty. Secretly, I love chopping wood, especially how warm I get swinging the axe. My current splitter is all split!

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  62. After a losing my Nan 5 years , I have been in a supreme court battle trying to make sure her wishes were carried through. Finally 2 weeks ago I was able to take my children to my Nan's place (now finally mine) without any court case hanging over my head .
    It felt great seeing my kids do everything I did when I was a child, free ranging and enjoying it ,My 9 year old chopped wood liked he was born to do it and would really enjoy this axe. A few acres in rural NSW is my paradise , although a very expensive exercise worth it to see my Nan's wishes finally in place and a freedom i have not felt for many years. RIP Nan

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  63. Thank you so much! Today I came in from a long day out, made the kids a snack and got the fire going. Then I sat to check my emails. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw your comment. How exciting! There were so many people worthy of this axe that I was very surprised, but very grateful! The axe will be put to very good use at our place!

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