October 14, 2018
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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!
This 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.
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!
Detailed instruction, lots of hands-on time with chainsaws.
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…
Be sure to wear long sleeves/long pants. 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.
Class will be at the Boulder Lake Management Area’s Environmental Learning Center:
Here’s the Google Map with directions from the Duluth Folk School to the Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center: