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
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!
Back in December, after scanning ebay for quality, inexpensive axe heads, I landed a great deal with a gentleman from Idaho. He was selling an unmarked Michigan pattern double-bit for $20.80 with free shipping. Aside from some minor pitting and surface rust, a few chips on one of the blades, and some dings from a … Continue reading New Life For An Old Double Bit
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
Well folks, after spending all of July and half of August working for our Recreation Managers in the Potosi District of Mark Twain National Forest, my time to collect solitude and recreation site data in my 3 assigned wilderness areas has come again. I have just come back from a week spent gathering data from … Continue reading Back In the Irish Wilderness
Whilst I am out recording solitude and recreation site monitoring info for the Forest Service, I often have some extra time to maintain the trails, which is also a duty for a Wilderness Ranger. Of course, since I am out mostly by myself, there is a disadvantage with the amount of trail work I can … Continue reading Trail Work in the Bell Mtn Wilderness