This past week I split my first ever piece of wood by hand using an old homemade maul that my dad has had around since I was a kid. It's fairly heavy, has a big triangular wedge on the end and looks to be homemade since the weld lines are all messy and the pipe attached is just a regular old thick pipe. Anyway, my aim has improved since starting, but I'm still working out a good routine for cutting. With every split the two pieces go flying in different directions and I spend so much time going to get each piece half way across the yard to setup again. For splitting a lot of wood it seems like you have to do it with some barriers on either side of you to cut down on chasing wood constantly. Is this what people do?