I've been quite blessed to learn many new skills over the last few weeks working on trails in Yellowstone. One of my favorite skills to aquire has been the use of the chainsaw. Felling trees, bucking and limbing fallen logs are traditionally what we think of when we picture the chainsaw at work. But one skill that I learned this past week was how to use the chainsaw in a much more artful, delicate manner. I was taught how to make lap notches, block notches and circular notches using the saw. This process takes many attempts to get it just right, and a little finesse to smooth the notches with the chewing beast of a saw!
Check out this sawyer in action!
Perfect fit! It only took me all morning to get it just right. I'm glad my teacher was patient.