For the sake of your axe and your back, you need the log elevated off the ground for hewing. At the least, make V-cradles in a couple of cross logs and roll the log up onto them. If you're hewing American-style, using a regular felling axe to make the cross-grain notches, you'll be standing on the log and need only enough elevation to keep the axe head clear of the dirt. If you're using German-style notching axes, then your log needs to be up on stout horses about waist high.
In either case, you need to keep the log from moving around as you work. If the log has any sweep to it, let that hang to the bottom. This is the most stable position, and you want this sweep captured in the wider dimension of the finished timber, rather than running in and out of the sides. Also helpful are spike dogs, giant staples driven between the cross logs and your timber. The ends of the dogs can be spike pointed or chisel pointed, with one end at right angles to the other to match the grain of the log and cross log.
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There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.