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Chainsaw 101

June 9, 2010

I really wish that when I got my chainsaw that there was class on the basics.  Sometimes it is easier learning from a group with other  newbies then from someone at home who has done it for years.   Jessie Schmidt from Extension pulled this whole thing together.

New Farmers and WagN put on the Chainsaw 101 workshop and a good time was had by all.   The instructors were Jessica Ricketson from VT. Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation and Andrew Krenz, the chainsaw safety dude from Stihl. 

We were shown what type of gear to wear;  the right footwear, long pants,  chaps, long sleeves, gloves and a good 6 point helmet with ear protectors and a face shield.  Safety glasses rounded out the wardrobe.   We were styling.   Even with the off and on rain showers.

10 participants, 2 helpers and 2 instructors proved to be a good size group for working with saws. 

Folks were able to split into two small groups; one group learned to properly cut, the four stress points, and good body position.  Then switched around with the other group and learned how to sharpen chains, remove the bar and clean the  saws.    Plenty of time for questions and getting good answers. 

Keith, one of the guys from Across the Fence was there too, interviewing and filming the workshop.  I am looking forward to seeing the final product.  Not sure of when it will be on TV,  but will certainly tune in when it does.  

  It rained on an off during the afternoon, but wasn’t so cool as to make us all miserable.  In fact everyone was so focused on learning, that when asked if they wanted a break the group just wanted to keep going.

This is the best of Extension.   Bringing really useful information to Vermonters, in a way that is not intimidating and in a way that is safe and enjoyable.

Hey hey Jessie, when you gonna put on the next one?

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