Taking It To The Next Level

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

This Needs To Stop

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

Reconditioning a Crosscut Saw: Ward’s Master Quality Part 2

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

Reconditioning a Crosscut Saw: Ward’s Master Quality Part 1

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

Upcoming Winter Projects

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