Is "to cut wood into logs" correct? If yes, how natural is it?

Woodcutters cut forest trees into logs.

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    Sounds perfectly natural to me (American English). – godel9 Mar 31 '18 at 21:19
  • For me, it is not idiomatic in English. – Lambie Apr 21 '18 at 16:01

A woodcutter is a very old-fashioned term, something you might find in a fairy tale. The term is often found in fairy tales. woodcutter in the context of fairy tales

A woodcutter would be said to cut down a tree (first step) and then (second step) chop wood or chop it into smaller pieces (logs): to chop wood means to take a larger piece of wood and reduce it in size to be used in a fireplace.

In contemporary English, the term is logger. And trees are cut down in English.

The contemporary term is lumberjack or logger. lumberjack or logger

Loggers or lumberjacks cut down trees to be made into logs. The logs are not made by the loggers, in fact. Once the tree is cut down, the timber [a tree after it is cut down] can be chopped up into logs.

Woodcutters chop down trees and then chop the timber (tree trunks or large branches) into smaller pieces, or logs. Personally, I would not describe all this activity as woodcutter "cutting trees into logs." Trees are cut down or chopped down.


Woodcutters cut forest trees into logs.

As the commenter wrote:

"Sounds perfectly natural to me (American English). – godel9"


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