Splitting and stacking wood is an artform here in Le Marche. Each year we have gazed in delight (and envy) at the beautifully stacked wood piles dotted around the countryside.
This year, thanks to our friend Angela, we have our own "work of art". We were admiring her "mucchio di legno" (wood pile) one evening and she offered to show us how it was done. So last Monday Rob and I worked under Angela's instructions to get it right. Our neigbour tells us that farmers having been stacking wood in this way for centuries. He said that in clearings in the woods the farmers would build very high stacks then burn them to make charcoal which was used in the forges and for cooking.