Wood splitting is a good way to vent stress.
No one would dare talk to someone who's pissed and with an axe in their hands.
You split wood with a maul, not an axe.
Using an axe to split wood is just stupid, requiring the axe to be resharpened more than necessary. For small amounts, I won't argue that most homeowners will just use an axe though.
And yes, I do know as I did it for a living for 3 months in 1991 in Bellingham, Washington. Lumberjack, firewood splitting, transport of cords of wood.
Quite true,.. a maul or sledge and wedge.. Axe for limbing or felling...