I'd like to start this post with some pictures of coppiced Ash, which creates the most interesting shapes I've seen from any coppiced tree. It looks like it's trying to climb out of the soil!
Ash is easy to split for firewood after felling, but Hornbeam isn't. If you've every tried splitting Hornbeam, you'll know why it is also know as "Ironwood"! So, as you might imagine, splitting a 2 metre length is not an easy task!
However, here's a way round the problem. Use your chainsaw to cut a notch in the end of the log: