For other uses, see Wood Cutter.
"If you've got an axe, you can always make gold chopping wood. Just bring me everything you cut." ―Mill owners
Woodcutter's Axe is a tool and one-handed weapon that can be used to cut firewood at wood chopping blocks found throughout Skyrim. Firewood can subsequently be sold to characters such as Hod, Hulda, and Gilfre, or used to create arrows and bolts with the Dawnguard add-on.
The woodcutter's axe cannot be crafted at a
forge, nor can it be improved at a grindstone.
Woodcutter's axes are fairly common in Skyrim, and one or more can be found in most settlements. Additionally, axes may rarely be found in the inventory of
hunters roaming the wilds of Skyrim.
The following is a list of where axes can be found:
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Windhelm – Six known locations:
Mixwater Mill – Two can be found here:
One is adjacent to the door of Gilfre's House.
The other is propped against the wall on which the mill itself stands.
Goldenrock Mine – A single axe is found in a corner, on a table.
Mara's Eye Den – One axe is found inside, on an executioner's block.
Gallows Rock – There are at least five throughout the fort.
Ansilvund Burial Chambers – On the second ledge of a shelf to the right of three urns, and to the left of a door.
Windhelm Stables – Resting on a shelf. (Decorative)
Hlaalu Farm – Lying on a pile of chopped wood near the fireplace.
Solitude – Thirteen known locations:
Fletcher – On a table just outside the shop.
At the market stalls, on the left side of Addvar's stall.
The Winking Skeever – Two can be found here:
One is embedded in a stump next to the counter.
The other is lying on the floor of the one and only bedroom on the first floor.
Radiant Raiment – Behind the counter.
Solitude Blacksmith – On a table in the first room.
Thalmor Headquarters – On a shelf in the basement.
Addvar's House – In a basket directly to the left when entering.
Evette San's House – Three in total:
One is on a shelf in the first floor bedroom.
Another is lying on top of a cupboard on the first floor, next to a saw.
The third is upstairs, immediately to the left of the staircase.
Jala's House – Two in total:
On a shelf directly to the right of the entrance.
On a shelf in Ahtar's room.
Bards College – Two in total:
In the basement, standing upside-down on a stump next to the fireplace.
Again on the lowest floor, this time lying on a shelf in the bedroom.
Erikur's House – On the lowest shelf of a cupboard, in between both of the lowest floor's entrances.
Bryling's House – Atop a cupboard in the basement, lying next to a saw.
Blue Palace – In the kitchen area, on a stump next to the fireplace.
Katla's Farm – Four in total:
Outside, lying next to a wood chopping block.
Inside the house, on a dresser at the top of the stairs.
On a cupboard in the room next to the stairs, next to a saw and a knapsack.
Solitude Stables – Just inside the door on the right-hand shelf.
Thalmor Embassy – In the barracks, on a shelf.
Northwatch Keep – Two are in the same room:
One is on a table.
The other is propped up by a woodpile.
Volkihar Undercroft – An axe can be found stuck in a barrel near the entrance.
DG Dainty Sload – There are two in total:
One on a crate on the deck, next to a gourd.
The other is on the cupboard directly to the right when entering the ship.
Solitude Sawmill – On a shelf under the staircase.
Wolfskull Cave – Three are found here:
One is lying on the floor of a room with several mages.
In Wolfskull Cave Ruins, there are two:
In Wolfskull Cave Ruins, on one of the staircases.
A third is on the ground nearly at the top of the fortress structure.
Ustengrav – There is one axe next to the wood pile in the small bandit camp at the entrance.
Morthal – An axe can be found propped up against the mill, next to a pile of firewood and a chopping block.
Abandoned Shack – There is an axe that can be used in the quest " With Friends Like These..."
Anga's Mill – Three axes are found here in total:
One by each of the two wood chopping blocks.
The third is slightly further up the hill, resting on a box.
Windpeak Inn ( Dawnstar) – An axe is on the table outside of the building.
Two can be found on a mountaintop edge northeast of Volunruud.
Markarth – Six known locations:
Markarth Stables – On a ledge down the hall to the right when entering the building.
Lost Valley Redoubt – A little ways in, resting on the ground next to two piles of chopped wood and a campfire.
Fort Sungard – There are three axes in total:
Fort Sungard Annex:
In the Annex, one axe is in front of a fireplace to the left of the entrance.
The second axe is down a two staircases next to two piles of chopped wood.
Fort Sungard Oubliette:
In the Oubliette, the axe is on a table to the left when entering.
Riften – Six known locations:
Shor's Stone – Two known locations:
Redbelly Mine – Directly across from the entrance, at the end of a very short tunnel.
Filnjar's House – On a stump in the basement. (Decorative)
Froki's Shack – Three in total:
Two unowned axes on the outside:
One axe is outside, on the wood chopping block.
The other outside axe is next to the door to the shack.
One owned axe inside:
One axe rests horizontally, on the third ledge of a shelf on the left.
Autumnwatch Tower – Two axes in total:
At the top of the lower tower, on a hay pile.
Just inside the upper tower, on the right.
Faldar's Tooth – No fewer than five axes can be found:
The first is through the main entrance, at the bottom of the stairs.
The second rests atop a broken pillar, amongst the prison cells.
The third lies on a shelf in the same room.
The fourth is found embedded in a dead wolf.
The fifth is in the food preparation area.
Broken Helm Hollow – In the room with Leifnarr.
Sarethi Farm – Below the stairs to the basement.
Black-Briar Lodge – An axe is embedded in a piece of firewood next to the nearby watchtower.
Wood Cutter's Camp: Lake Geir ( unmarked loction) – An axe lies next to a deceased woodcutter.
Riverwood – Three known locations:
Bleak Falls Barrow – Next to the wood chopping block.
Fort Greymoor – In total, three axes can be found:
Two are on a shelf in the room with the bear traps and dead skeevers.
The third is resting on a chopped log by some wood piles in that same room.
Halted Stream Camp – Three axes in total:
Two are on the walkway above the entrance to the mine.
The third is next to the chopping block.
White River Watch – An axe sits atop a cupboard.
White River – On the road that follows the south bank, an axe can be found next to a dead tree.
Cowflop Farmhouse ( Rorikstead) – Resting on a pile of firewood.
Valtheim Towers – Stuck in a table in between a halved loaf of bread in the southern tower.
Silent Moons Camp – Within the ruins, on a barrel next to a large door a little ways inside.
Darkshade – On a pile of firewood near the wall of the largest chamber.
Winterhold – Two known locations:
Snow Veil Sanctum – On the floor in front of the gate with the spike trap.
Alftand Glacial Ruins – Two are located next to J'darr and J'zhar.
Japhet's Folly – There are two axes in total:
One axe sits outside Japhet's Folly Towers; upside-down atop a pile of logs, in one of the shacks that are on the island.
The second axe rests atop several crates, just inside the entrance to Japhet's Folly Towers that goes through the Sea Cave, at the bottom of the island.
Yngvild – On the same table as
Arondil's Journal, Part 2.
The woodcutter's axe is the fifth-weakest weapon in the game (tied with the pickaxe and shiv). Only the iron dagger (when unimproved), knife, wooden sword (when unimproved), fork, and phantom sword rank lower in base damage.
The woodcutter's axe can be used to obtain an infinite amount of gold during the repeatable miscellaneous quest " Chopping Wood." The Dragonborn can use an axe to chop an infinite amount of firewood, which they can then sell to merchants.
The Woodcutter's Axe has the same swing speed as a dagger (1.30).
There is a unique axe called The Woodsman's Friend found on the body of a dead Woodcutter in Falkreath Hold. However, this axe is strangely not a woodcutter's axe; it is a variant of the iron battleaxe.
This section contains
bugs related to Woodcutter's Axe. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
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360 / XB1 , PS3 / PS4 , PC / MAC , NX , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate
PC 360 PS3 When attempting to place an axe on a weapon rack, the axe may not correctly be placed.
PC 360 PS3 When activating the wood chopping block with the axe drawn, the Dragonborn will sheathe their weapon, then another axe will appear in the Dragoborn's hand, despite it clearly being sheathed at the Dragonborn's side. Once the animation is over, the second axe will disappear. This also happens when mining ore with a pickaxe.
360 Sometimes when dual wielding a dagger with the dagger in the main hand and the axe in the left hand, the axe will appear sheathed along with the dagger, with both weapons visible. However, the sheathing animation remains the same as any other left-hand weapon. The Dragonborn will simply lower their arms, and the axe will disappear from their hand.
PC After completion of the quest " Tending the Flames," Viarmo, headmaster of the Bards College in Solitude, may be found continually carrying around a woodcutter's axe.