Meet Ayla.

This is Ayla Hutchinson, the young inventor behind the Kindling Cracker. Ayla was just 13 years old when she came up with the idea and design for the Kindling Cracker – a tool that makes chopping kindling safer and quicker. 

She got the idea after her mother cut her finger with an axe while splitting kindling and became determined to find a safer way to split firewood. 

The simple, safe and easy-to-use design that began as a school science project has become a perennial award winner, from science fairs in New Zealand to regional and international recognition from Scientific American, International TeenBusiness, Google and more.