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Woodcutter's Axe
Poachers axe
Base Damage:
5 DamageIcon
10 WeightIcon
Base Value:
5 GoldIcon
Class: One Handed, War Axe
FormID: 0002F2F4

The Woodcutter's Axe is a tool and one-handed weapon in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is used to cut firewood at wood chopping blocks found throughout Skyrim, which can be used to create arrows (the Dawnguard add-on only), or sold to certain characters, such as Hod, Hulda and Gilfre.


The woodcutter's axe can't be crafted at a forge or improved at a grindstone.


Known LocationsEdit

These axes are very common throughout Skyrim, and at least one can be found in most settlements.  The Dragonborn can also purchase a woodcutter's axe from Addvar, in Solitude. The following is a list of where they can be found:


Falkreath HoldEdit

  • Embershard Mine - There is one somewhat hidden near the woodchopping block.
  • Lost Knife Cave - There are three axes in total: one at the entrance to the large gallery with the lake and central pillar, one on the 'bar' in the bandits' living quarters, and one on a set of shelves just beyond that area.
  • Pinewatch Bandit's Sanctuary - There are at least two.
  • Prospector's Shack - By a tree stump near the shack.
  • Grave Concoctions - Resting on a pile of logs next to the fireplace.


  • Katla's Farm - Inside the house, at the top of the stairs on a dresser.
  • Fletcher (Solitude) - On a table.
  • Solitude Stables - Just inside the door on the right-hand shelf.
  • Solitude - At the market stalls, on the left side of Addvar's stall. (Addvar is also the only know merchant to sell the woodcutter's axe)
  • Thalmor Embassy - In the barracks, on a shelf.
  • Northwatch Keep - Two are in the same room: one on a table, the other propped by a woodpile.
  • Volkihar Undercroft - An axe can be found stuck in a barrel near the entrance.
  • Dainty Sload - There are two in total: one on a crate on the deck, next to a gourd, and the other on the cupboard directly to the right of the Dragonborn after entering the ship.


  • 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…

The PaleEdit

  • Anga's Mill - Three axes are found here in total: one by each of the two wood chopping blocks, and the third slightly further up the hill, on a box.
  • Dawnstar - An axe is on the table just outside of Windpeak Inn.

The ReachEdit

The RiftEdit

  • Froki's Shack - Four in total: two unowned axes outside, and two inside that must be stolen to be acquired.
  • Honeyside - In the basement beneath the steps, on top of a bale of hay.
  • Autumnwatch Tower - Just inside the upper tower, on the right.
  • The Ratway (Riften) - One is found near the entrance on the floor, in the room just before Gian the Fist's room.
  • Mistveil Keep (Riften) - Just outside the palace.
  • 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.
  • The Bee and Barb - Beneath the cellar steps.
  • Broken Helm Hollow - In the room with Leifnarr.

Whiterun HoldEdit

  • Bleak Falls Barrow - Next to the wood chopping block.
  • Riverwood - One is located on a bench behind the lumber mill.
  • Faendal's House (Riverwood) - Beside the pile of logs next to the fireplace.
  • Alvor and Sigrid's House (Riverwood) - In the basement of the house.
  • Fort Greymoor - There are three axes in total: one is in the room with the bear traps and dead skeevers, and two are on a shelf, the other atop a wood pile.
  • Halted Stream Camp - Three axes in total: two are on the walkway above the entrance to the mine, and 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 of the river, an axe can be found next to a dead tree on the side of the road closest to the river.

Winterhold HoldEdit



  •  PC   360   PS3  While attempting to place an axe on a weapon rack, it seems to float horizontally, the axe's head facing the rack.
  •  PS3    360   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.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Woodcutter's Axe

  • Woodcutter's Axe in Weapon Rack bug

    3 messages
    • I think the bug isn't fixed just to be a annoying joke that the creator is keeping. If not then I hope they fix it =)
    • i mean, its just a small bug detracting just a bit from the best weapon in the game... clearly

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