Since the ax blade was expertly honed and it was swung with precision and power, perfect pieces of firewood fell on either side of the cutting stump. Splitting perfect firewood was an art, and Grayson Rivers was satisfied with his efforts. As part of his fairly regular fitness routine, he hand-cuts his own firewood, at least as much as time would allow. What people said about firewood was true. Cut your own wood, and it warmed you twice. Cutting his own also made him thankful for the half-ton gas wood splitter he used for the bulk of his serious woodcutting.