Saturday, May 10, 2014
I've a problem with gas chainsaws due to my damaged lungs. Their dirty 2 stroke engines send me into uncontrollable coughing fits. You don't want to have a seizure with a running chainsaw in your hands. I've got a nice German steel three foot long crosscut saw. It's a beauty. When sharp it did a fine job of cutting up firewood. When gathering firewood I'd cut it to truck length then buck it up at home with an electric chainsaw.
Sadly, I've neglected the saw the last few years. It's pretty dull now and even the file had rusted. That's an embarrassment, letting tools go bad.
Fortunately, a buddy of mine works for the Forest Service. They use manual saws in wilderness areas. He once took a week long training course on the care and sharpening of cross cut saws. The guy teaching the class wrote the definitive book on the subject. Now all I've got to do is have my buddy teach me how to take proper care of my saw.
My favorite ax lost another handle. It seems I'm always replacing those things. There are “unbreakable” fiberglass handles, but I like a good wood handle. They feel better in my hands. When chopping wood all day that's important.
I've a lead on some good free firewood, so I'd better get my tools in order.