“Learn to use an axe, and respect it and you can’t help but love it. But abuse one and it will wear your hands raw and open your foot like an overcooked sausage.”
John Branson, ed. “More Readings From One Man’s Wilderness: The Journals of Richard L. Proenneke, 1974-1980.” Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, 2005.
Proenneke is a bit of a modern day Thoreau, except he lived in the wilderness for almost thirty years. The film Alone in the Wilderness on his life occasionally gets shown on PBS. It’s worth checking out.