Ways of working up an appetite that presumably had a point at some time in the past - chopping up tree trunks 12cm x 11cm.  Indian ink on drawing card


If you have spent time in the Basque Country -even if you haven't, but have seen Julio Medem's "Vacas" (Beiak/Cows)- this aiskolari might ring a bell. It is classed as a rural sport, and no local produce fair is complete without a display. But whenever I stand up close and watch how fast they bring the axe down and how close it smashes down near their feet, I'm glad there are professionals willing to do this, saving me the embarrassment of having to volunteer.
(aiskora is "axe" in Basque, and anyone wielding one is an aiskolari)