I have been struggling with this wood for 2 years. I finally split it all, and yes, by hand. I had to cut the logs shorter to be able to split it, and even that wasn't too easy. I was told by the tree service guys who took it down 2 years ago that it was ash, but no one else has seemed to think so. I'm thinking either I misheard them, or the wood they were talking about was another tree. Does anyone know what kind of wood this is? I tried to take pictures to show how the wood grain looks. It's very twisted, almost like a corkscrew design the whole way down. Some times the way the wood would split, it would shear off in a circular manner. Any ideas?