Chainsaw Safety – From First Pull to Felling Trees

  • Chainsaw Safety - Day 1 of 2
    October 13, 2018
    8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Chainsaw Safety - Day 2 of 2
    October 14, 2018
    8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Early Bird Registration (register early and save!) $195.00 (USD)  
Registration $220.00 (USD)   Early bird registration ends:
October 7, 2018

If the title of this course caught your eye, you have already demonstrated the first qualification of this course: you want to know how to safely and effectively operate a chainsaw!

Chainsaw Safety with the Duluth Folk SchoolThis class will be a full-spectrum overview, starting with how to safely start and operate your chainsaw, and going all the way to safely bringing full trees down, and how to harvest them once they are down.

Cutting trees with a chainsaw can be intimidating, but taking the time to learn safe and proper technique in a small group setting takes off the edge, puts the sawyer (that’s you!) at ease, and builds the confidence needed to proceed safely. This course will be set up to do exactly that. You will go through the journey of sizing up a tree to timber down, in a progressive and enjoyable path.

Chainsaw Class

In addition to learning how to maintain your saw for maximum effectiveness, you will learn how to conduct “situational awareness,” you will watch and practice bucking & limbing, making face cuts, and you will learn to fell a standing tree.

Be ready for a class full of hands-on, full circle and holistic learning. We are very excited to teach you a new and very useful skill!

Sat Oct 13:
  • 8-8:30– introductions, goal setting, past experiences, stretching/ warm up for the day
  • 8:30-10:30– parts of the saw, taking saw apart, trouble shooting, safety and care of saw
  • 10:30-11- starting the saw/ running the saw, safe handling
  • 11- 11:30– lunch
  • 11:30- noon– bucking and limbing demo
  • noon- 1:30– bucking and limbing practice
  • 1:30– 2- debrief/ wrap up
Sun Oct 14:
  • 8-8:30– stretch and safety
  • 8:30-9:30– tree felling demo, from start to finish
  • 9:30– 11- practicing face cuts/ start tree felling practice
  • 11- 11:30 lunch
  • 11:30- 1:30– split into two groups and have everyone practice felling trees
  • 1:30-2- wrap up/ debrief

Registration Includes

Detailed instruction, lots of hands-on time with chainsaws.

Skill Level

This class will be good for any skill level – from zero experience to a fair amount of time with a chainsaw.

Best for Ages…

Must be 18 years or older

You should bring…

Bring your chainsaw and safety equipment (helmet, hearing protection, eye protection, chaps, sturdy boots, and gloves). Most chainsaws come with a little kit (wrench, file, sharpener, etc) – bring that, too, if you have it.

Also, bring water and a lunch for both days, and be sure to wear long sleeves/long pants.



3001 Woodland Ave, Duluth, Minnesota, 55803, United States


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