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
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
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!
Originally, I planned on doing this in one article, but realistically, it would be a lengthy read - I think it is better to upload this project in a 2 or 3 part series. This is a learning process for me, and up until I worked with the Forest Service to help manage wilderness areas, … Continue reading Refurbishing An Old Crosscut Saw: Part 1