Tricks of the Trade

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    Make Your Own Vacuum Booster

    by Carl Demrow | Spring 2012
    Vacuum tubing systems have revolutionized maple sugar production, and more and more sugarmakers are getting into the game, drawn by the allure of making an…

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    Build a Bat House

    by Carl Demrow | Winter 2011
    White nose syndrome, a fungus that attacks bats while they’re hibernating, has been devastating to bats in the Northeast. (Editor’s Note: See our story “Bats…

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    Bore Cutting Basics

    by Carl Demrow | Autumn 2011
    To fell trees accurately and safely, you need to know how to do a bore cut, sometimes known as a plunge cut. On trees with…

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    Tricks of the Trade: Understanding Low-Kickback Saw Chain

    by Carl Demrow | Summer 2011
    Some chainsaw chains are designed to minimize the reactive force known as kickback. These chains are found on a wide range of chainsaws made for…

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    Corduroy Roads

    by Carl Demrow | Spring 2011
    It’s not unusual for landowners in this part of the world to find themselves on one side of a wet area with a need to…

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    Tricks of the Trade

    by Carl Demrow | Winter 2010
    So you’re planning on doing a crop tree release or a sugarbush thinning this winter. Or perhaps you want to pull firewood out to a…

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    Tricks of the Trade: Basic Chainsaw Maintenance

    by Carl Demrow | Autumn 2010
    Your modern chainsaw has a precision engine that can be rendered into a worthless chunk of aluminum with just a few careless mistakes, like running…

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    Tricks of the Trade

    by Carl Demrow | Summer 2010
    Did you know that a chunk of green firewood can be over 50 percent water? Of course you did. You’ve tried to burn that wood,…

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    Tricks of the Trade

    by Carl Demrow | Spring 2010
    Sharpening an ax is not difficult, but it does require a basic understanding of how the business end of an ax works. An ax is…

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    Tapping Trees

    by Carl Demrow | Winter 2009
    The act of tapping a maple tree is a fairly simple task, yet it’s one that’s often done incorrectly. Improperly tapping a tree can lead…

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    Using a Crosscut Saw

    by Carl Demrow | Autumn 2009
    Not that long ago, in the days before chainsaws, work in the woods was done with an axe and a crosscut saw. While this era…

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    Essential Equipment for Staying Safe

    by Carl Demrow | Summer 2009
    Cutting wood is inherently hazardous work. Even if you’re using state-of-the-art techniques and practices, stuff still happens, as the saying goes. A quick word on…

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    Peeling Logs

    by Carl Demrow | Spring 2009
    If you’re building a log cabin or some other sort of log structure, your instructions will likely tell you to peel the logs first. Peeling…

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    Chainsaw Body Positioning for Less Fatigue

    by Carl Demrow | Winter 2008
    While chainsaws have evolved over several decades to become safer, there is no mechanical solution to the problem of fatigue. Since fatigue is a major…

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    Determining a Tree’s Lean

    by Carl Demrow | Autumn 2008
    Since only a very few trees grow absolutely vertically, determining and adjusting for the lean of a tree is an important skill for any sawyer…

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    Measuring Wood Volumes

    by Carl Demrow | Summer 2008
    An important skill for any woodland owner who is preparing to sell some wood is understanding how wood volumes are measured. There are ways to…

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    Safety by Design

    by By Carl Demrow, Illustrations by Joseph Smith | Spring 2008
    Modern chainsaws are the product of 40 years of evolution. Manufacturers’ continued focus on safety and productivity has produced saws that have a number of…

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    Tending Wild Apple Trees for Wildlife

    by Carl Demrow | Winter 2007
    We’ve all seen it before: hidden in a thicket is a lone apple tree that hasn’t made more than a bushel of apples in the…

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    Start Your Chainsaw Safely

    by Carl Demrow, Illustrations by Joseph Smith | Autumn 2006
    One of the primary principles of safe chainsaw operation is to have control of the saw at all times, including while starting the saw. Because…

  • Chainsaw Guide Bar Maintenance

    by Joseph Smith | Summer 2006
    One often-overlooked component of the chainsaw is the guide bar. If it is not properly maintained, it will decrease the saw’s efficiency and damage the…