Elder Scrolls
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For other uses, see Wood Cutter.

Woodcutting is a side-job performed in several villages and cities around Skyrim. A Woodcutter's Axe must be in the inventory in order to cut wood at a chopping block.


Each chop produces 2 firewood at no true cost to the Dragonborn, other than the need to have a woodcutter's axe in their inventory. Each chop is estimated to take 10 seconds, and the Dragonborn stops working after 3 chops, estimating 6 chops in a minute, 12 pieces of firewood in that minute, and roughly 720 in an hour. An hour out-of-game is estimated to be 24 hours in-game (2.5 minutes = 1 hour). This means in an hour, the Dragonborn can earn 3600 Gold at no cost but the time it takes.

General goods merchants purchase firewood for less Gold than millers, but the Speech skill increases if this method is selected.


Woodcutting for pay.

Employers for woodchoppers purchase all firewood in the Dragonborn's inventory at once for the base asking price. Each wood chop produces 2 pieces of wood, each piece of wood is worth 5 gold each, and also weighs 5 pounds each.


Character Location Hold
Hod Riverwood Whiterun Hold
Hulda Whiterun Whiterun Hold
Temba Wide-Arm Ivarstead The Rift
Grosta Heartwood Mill The Rift
Ganna Uriel Kynesgrove Eastmarch
Gilfre Mixwater Mill Eastmarch
Hjorunn Solitude Sawmill Haafingar
Horgeir Dragon Bridge Haafingar
Hroggar Morthal Hjaalmarch
Jorgen Morthal Hjaalmarch
Hert Half-Moon Mill Falkreath Hold
Aeri Anga's Mill The Pale


Followers can use the Woodchopping Block to help gather wood, for seamless chopping. Nearby followers can also hold chopped wood, lessening the chances of becoming over-encumbered.


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Chop wood, mine ore, and cook food
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