Woodcutting is a resource-gathering skill used for training Fletching, Firemaking, and Construction, or just for moneymaking. It simply requires a woodcutting axe/hatchet in the inventory or equipped to chop down a tree when you click on one. It is highly recommended to get an Attack level of 40 (done easiest via the quests listed on the Beginner's Guide) if you don't have it already, as equipping your hatchet while cutting obviously frees up an inventory slot for slightly more efficient banking trips.
While woodcutting any type of tree, there is a flat random chance of a Bird's Nest falling out of the tree and dropping on the ground in front of you. Pick it up fast before it despawns and search it for some random loot (mainly seeds for Farming), fully detailed below:
You may crush the empty nest with a pestle and mortar to make it tradeable; Crushed Nests are used in Herblore to make Saradomin Brews and may fetch a good price with other players.
Because the chance for getting a nest is random each time you cut a log, lower-leveled trees that are faster to cut such as Willows or Oaks are best if one is solely looking for lots of nests to drop.
One may also gain nests from the Giant Mole boss by trading in its drops to Wyson the Gardener in Falador, however these nests have much different loot than from tree nests in that they're strictly worse than them - no magic seeds or high level fruit tree seeds.
Woodcutting can be used to create canoes that allow you to travel up and down the river Lum. There are five canoe stations, from south to north they are:
- Lumbridge, on the east side of the river, just south of the house with the Goblins in it.
- Champions Guild, on the east side of the river, just west of the wheat field.
- Barbarian Village, on the east side of the river, south of the bridge to the village.
- Edgeville, on the east side of the river, south of the bridge.
- Level 35 Wilderness, the lake south of the Moss Giants, between Red Dragon Isle and the Lava Maze. You cannot go back down the river from this station as there is no canoe tree there.
|Type of Canoe||Level to Make||Experience||Where it can travel|
|Log||12||67.5||One station away, cannot enter the wilderness.|
|Dugout||27||135||Two stations away, cannot enter the wilderness.|
|Stable Dugout||42||202.5||Three stations away, cannot enter the wilderness.|
|Waka||57||337.5||Any station on the river, including the wilderness exit.|
How to use a canoe:
- Go to one of the stations; cut down the big tree next to it.
- Click on the fallen tree and select which canoe you want to make. The higher the Woodcutting level required, the further it can travel.
- Push the canoe into the water by clicking it.
- Click on the canoe and select which station you want to travel to.
The best method of training is to cut all the logs needed for Firemaking and/or Fletching. Not for the fastest way to get to 99 woodcutting (that would be doing only Willow trees), but to maximize your experience in other skills and also gain good profits as well.
If you like, you can purchase every type of hatchet (except perhaps Dragon if you cannot afford it at the moment) before you start woodcutting so that you don't have to take a break to go buy or make the next tier once you reach the appropriate Woodcutting level. You level up fast enough to be able to skip certain axes too, like steel or black.
Levels 1-15 : Normal Trees
Start off with an Iron axe if you can, otherwise just use Bronze.
Cut 43 Normal trees. There are many good spots for them - between Lumbridge and Draynor Village, in Seers' Village, between Camelot and Catherby, etc., it doesn't really matter where you go. Seers and Draynor may be slightly better due to the fact that the next tiers of trees you'll be cutting are closer to these locations so keep that in mind if you can't teleport.
Once you hit level 6 use a Steel axe if you have one, and then once you hit level 11 you can use a Black axe if you have it.
Levels 15-30 : Oak Trees
Cut 130 Oak logs. The best place for them is in Seers' Village south of the bank, 2 of them grow next to each other here. You can also try east of Castle Wars, there are many more trees but the proximity from the bank is slightly larger than in Seers'.
Once you hit level 21, use a Mithril axe from then on.
Levels 30-50/65 : Willow Trees
Cut 580 Willow logs to reach level 50. The best place for them is in Draynor Village behind the bank on the shore.
Once you reach level 31 switch to an Adamant axe, and then at level 41 switch to a Rune axe.
If you'd like to level to 65 instead of 50, from level 30 you'll have to cut 2,872 Willow logs.
Levels 50-65 : Maple Trees
Maple trees grant worse woodcutting exp per hour than Willow trees do, but they offer better Fletching exp over Willow logs. If you don't much care about Fletching, you can instead do Willows until 65.
Cut 1,547 Maple logs. The best (and basically only) place for them is in Seers' Village behind the bank.
Once you reach level 61, you can use your Dragon axe if you have one. This is the final tier of axe so well done.
Levels 65-80 : Yew Trees
Yews are when you should start stringing your bows if you're Fletching as you go (which is most recommended), so from now on you can also begin to alch strung bows for good profits.
Cut 3,903 Yew logs. The best place to cut them is in Seer's Village south of the bank in the church graveyard, or in the middle of the Gnome Stronghold by the bank which is right above them.
Levels 80-99 : Magic Trees
Now is when your experience rates will slow down a bit when compared to cutting Yews and Willows, but still quite fast when compared to most other skills anyway.
Cut 19,642 Magic logs. The best place for them is in Seer's Village further south of the Yews by some unicorns. Further south than that in the yard of the Sorceror's Tower are more Magic trees too. There's also the middle of the Gnome Stronghold like the other spot for Yews.
With an equal amount of bowstrings, you will nearly reach 99 Fletching with all these logs as well.
Woodcutting is a simple and fast skill that most players end up getting as their very first 99s, and for good reason - it's one of the easiest to train, quite profitable too, and it links into a lot of other skills. Fletching is recommended to train with Woodcutting first over Firemaking, as Firemaking is considerably less useful and not profitable at all. Feel free to level up past the 99 in order to max out both Fletching/Firemaking if you like though, there's nothing stopping you.
Alternative Method: Oaks
Now that Construction has been released, cutting Oaks has become a highly lucrative business.
Because around 96,452 Oak logs (along with a ton of cash, see the guide for more details) are needed to hit 99 Construction, cutting that number from level 15 would grant approximately 8,140,548.5 exp from level 15 - bringing you just after level 94 in Woodcutting if you cut them all!
Even if you don't plan to train Construction, cutting Oaks for pure profit (as they are in very high demand at this time of writing) would be most beneficial for various reasons.
There's also the fact that Oak trees are the best thing to cut for those looking for Bird's Nests for Herblore (and possibly Farming due to lucky high-level seed drops) training or extra moneymaking. No matter what reason you cut Oaks for, it won't be wasted.
Alternative Method: Yews
You could do Yews from 65-99 instead of 80 if you wish, it may be more beneficial for Firemaking training reasons over Fletching - this would require approximately 32,990 Yew logs to be cut in total.
Either way if you plan to max out both Fletching and Firemaking you'll near-certainly be going over the experience required for 99 Woodcutting, so Yews may be preferable to now to reach the 99 faster because they're quicker to cut.
Why Not Cut Maples/Yews/Magics ASAP?
Maples, Yews, and Magics should not be cut right as you reach the required Woodcutting level for them because they'll be pretty slow in comparison to starting them about 5 levels up from that - the same principle is applied in Fishing as well with higher-leveled resources, but to a more extreme degree.