I took a turn late this morning through a less-traveled section of the 1950's suburban development I live in, and couldn't help but notice a pile of cherry rounds sitting haphazardly in someone's front yard. I knocked on the door, introduced myself to the elderly homeowner and said that while I realized she probably had plans for the wood, I'd be happy to get any excess out of her way if by some chance she had more than she knew what to do with. She told me that the guy who'd said he wanted it hadn't been returning her calls for weeks, so yes, I should go ahead and take it. And by the way, I was welcome to those elm rounds over there, and also she wasn't ever going to use the little forsaken rick of seasoned mulberry behind the house, so I'd be doing her a favor if I got it out of her yard... I drove the whole third of a mile back to my garage to pick up my saw, my sled and the Fiskars, and headed back to help the nice woman out with her problems. Some of the rounds were too large for me to lift, so I figured I'd split them into pieces. The Fiskars bounced right off, over and over again. No amount of whacking the rounds in the same place repeatedly, or in the same line, had a noticeable effect beyond scribing a fine line in the end of a round. I did eventually break up the larger pieces enough to make them manageable, but doing so involved sawing about 4" down into the endgrain, setting a steel wedge in the kerf, and repeatedly dropping a roughly 30# slice of the tree on the wedge. I had no idea cherry could be so tough. I've put my Fiskars through white elm with less trouble. So anyhow, here are the money shots of the face-cord or so of pitch-laced cherry that came home with me this afternoon. Any words of wisdom as to how I might split this stuff without hydraulics would be much appreciated.