In this course, students will learn to visually grade timbers for strength and appearance and how to maintain a woodlot for future generations of builders and woodworkers. Architect, author, and timber framer Jack Sobon will show us how he manages his own stand of pines for sustainable yield. We will learn various techniques to identify the species of hardwoods and softwoods on the stump, and how to estimate the volume of wood before the tree is cut.
We will demonstrate how to safely and efficiently cut trees and get them out of the woods. Special emphasis will be placed on the safe and proper operation of the chainsaw; its versatility often makes it the best tool for the job at hand but it requires a thorough understanding of its use, maintenance, and sharpening. Learn more here.