i like his attitude towards trees (i also covet his scoring axe)
that's how we do it too, except more aggressively juggling to begin with (aggressive juggling- hehe). that japanese way though would mean less tear out behind knots- which that axeman is apparently quite careful about. (our shortcut is to chainsaw score the heck out of the knots.)
it's nice to have a bunch of axes, just because, and to change gears through the process.
here's something that's helped my back this year- warming up with a medicine ball. axe calisthenics- the new aerobics? get out your spandex boys and girls