I must apologize for the absence of activity here. Normally, I try to update this site with the recent happenings of the areas in which I work, as well as to provide educational information in a range of topics; however, as of late, I have fallen short of this goal due to lack of motivation. … Continue reading Where Have I Been?
Finally! I've been so caught-up lately with trail-work and planning for my new job in Gila National Forest that this project had been left to simmer on the back burner...until now. In my Upcoming Winter Projects post, I discussed how a heavier axe can be advantageous in trail-work situations when a lot of chopping is … Continue reading Thunder: Revitalizing A 100 Year-Old Axe
Oh, the places I will go... It is now, as of me typing this article, one year and a week since I started my work in the Cumberland Ranger District of the Daniel Boone National Forest. It seems like all that time flew-by. I feel honored to have worked with such fantastic people in this … Continue reading Taking It To The Next Level
In several previous blog posts, I have mentioned that working outdoors to protect the resource and educate visitors of this national forest is not an easy task. Many people have a preconceived - and very misguided - notion that rangers, and others in this line of work, enjoy a simple, laid-back life. The general assumption is … Continue reading This Needs To Stop
With the filing process completed, it was time to take the saw out from the workshop and into the field for some trail runs. I also wanted to compare it to my other single bucking crosscut (W. Bingham Co.). At 4 ft (blade length), this saw is a good compromise between portability and cutting efficiency. … Continue reading Reconditioning a Crosscut Saw: Ward’s Master Quality Part 2
Yep, I can definitely say that I have been bitten by the crosscut-love bug. It's just too much fun fixing-up a rusty saw that probably hasn't seen use in decades, transforming it back into a functional tool, and then working with it. The symptoms for my affliction (or, perhaps, addiction) include spending multiple hours in … Continue reading Reconditioning a Crosscut Saw: Ward’s Master Quality Part 1
Howdy folks! With the winter season in full swing here in Kentucky, I'll be working in the field on a less frequent basis due to the conditions of the roads and trails. We've already had two work days called-off by the District Ranger because of adverse weather conditions. Driving is the riskiest activity we do … Continue reading Upcoming Winter Projects