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
With my lovely crosscut restored to working order, I was more than a little eager to "let her rip". Winter is a good time for saw work. For the most part, visitor use dwindles significantly due to inclement weather and lower temperatures, and passing storms often leave more than a few blow-downs across our system … Continue reading From Rusted Metal to Singing Steel; A Crosscut Saw Restoration Part 2
I have been fortunate enough to participate in a crosscut restoration class here on the Daniel Boone National Forest, way back in May. The instructor of the course is a good friend as well as a fellow co-worker in the Cumberland Ranger District, who generously lent me the use of his saw vice and tools … Continue reading From Rusted Metal to Singing Steel; A Crosscut Saw Restoration Part 1
Ever since I started working here in the Red River Gorge Geological Area back in early March, I longed to set aside time for some backpacking in the area. I've been focused on my job for much of the year, working as much as 55 hours a week during the busy months when visitor use … Continue reading Backpacking Across The Gorge
Along with my growing interest in learning primitive skills, I have become rather addicted to aboriginal (or "abo") flint-knapping. I've been busting and beating on rocks for awhile, though now I have access to better quality material due to my geographic location. Up in Connecticut, the local materials are far from ideal for creating specialized … Continue reading What’s Your Point?
I haven't done much axe work in awhile. Most of the trail maintenance I've done lately has been on part of a sawyer team (chainsaw work in the Geological Area) as well as bucking with my trusty Silky Bigboy. So when I heard about this month's volunteer trail outing on the 11th, I couldn't pass … Continue reading Trail Axe-tion!