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0011115Dwarf FortressDwarf Mode -- Jobs, Designationspublic2019-07-02 20:272019-07-11 17:38
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0011115: Dwarves will not pick up axes to chop trees
Dwarves can be assigned to chop trees and even with spare axes they will sit idle or do other jobs.

Retiring & re-claiming fortress fixes the issue

Appears to happen only after embarking w/o a dwarf trained in woodcutting
I am running DFHack which could also cause the issue
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Issue History
2019-07-02 20:27SpazzyGeniusNew Issue
2019-07-03 02:50PatrikLundellNote Added: 0039407
2019-07-11 17:38LociNote Added: 0039424
2019-07-11 17:38LociAssigned To => Loci
2019-07-11 17:38LociStatusnew => needs feedback

2019-07-03 02:50   
The most common reason is probably that they're assigned a militia uniform, which clashes with the woodcutter (and hunter and miner, which can also conflict with the woodcutter) invisible "uniform".
Thus, militia, woodcutter, miner, and hunter jobs are mutually exclusive for practical purposes.
2019-07-11 17:38   
Please upload a save demonstrating this problem to DFFD ( http://dffd.bay12games.com/ [^] ) and post a link to it here.