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Milling lumber with Chainsaw today

Spent about 4 hours or saw making lumber today from the fir and spruce logs I had piled up behind the workshop. The logs were cut in summer 2014. The bark still on, they are starting to get buggy. So I slabbed some up to get some 2×4 or whatever I could get. The scraps and small logs were cut up for firewood.

This is the type of chain I use for slabbing the logs.

I keep forgetting that the GoPro camera damn near needs to be on top of the action to get some decent footage. View the video in full screen for a closer look.

Chainsaw accident

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close call on Thursday

Thursday afternoon was a great day to be in the woods. I was continuing my work of thinning the forest between the house and the lake. I had felled a gnarly spruce, the kind full of twisted branches and hardened sap, all from a hard life of growing in the forest.

The tree felled where I wanted it to and I set out to delimb the tree. Careful as I am, the bar kicked bar and the nose caught into the chainsaw safety pants. I never go into the woods without wearing them, and a good thing I was. The chain hooked and tore into the kevlar lining. The lining on its own is designed to hook the teeth of the chain and pretty much bring the rotation to a stop. Which it did, but the force of the kickback had enough momentum to cut through the safety pants, catch the canvas pants I was wearing (pictured above) and cut into it. The result was a short gash on the inside of my left leg, just about 2 inches from the kneecap.

Limped up to the house, called out for some help and proceed to make our way to the hospital. 3 hours later we’re back home and I have 3 stitches to close the wound. Close call.

Sounding off with the chainsaw

All chainsaws are loud. There’s a reason they are loud, so that other people in the woods know a logger is there. Having said that, there are many people who have chainsaws but do not work in the woods. These days the chains is just as much a consumer tool as it is a commercial tool. I don’t know why someone has not yet created commercially available mufflers that are modified to exhaust less sound. Or at least an ‘instructable’ on how to make your own. I took my decibel metre and test out how loud my Husqvarva 353 chainsaw is.