Saturday, July 10, 2010


Because both take just a minute to learn, but a lifetime to master.

(referring to the learning curve of chainsaws as similar to that of the classic board game Othello by Hasbro, which proclaimed that it took "a minute to learn and a lifetime to master".)

A great part of today was spent learning chainsaw safety and maintenance, and then the afternoon practicing a variety of cuts that will be necessary for the cabin building process. It was a decibellious day, featuring three different saws and five different people of various ages and sizes unleashing their beasts on a pile of wood from a couple of recently-felled trees. It was a sweaty and dusty and noisy and thoroughly enjoyable day. Plus, Max made a stool, which is awesome, but also too heavy and crooked to actually use. Looks rustic though.

Now that we are all certified to use the necessary weaponry, we can begin working on our practice cabin in earnest whilst our building permits fall into place.

Pictured above is our instructor Mr. Burke, scalloping a smooth saddle into one of the logs on our practice cabin. Guy is a pro.

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