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The Backyard Lumberjack: The Ultimate Guide to Felling, Bucking, Splitting and Stacking

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Frank and Stephen Philbrick, enthusiastic and skilled lumberjacks, explain what it takes to bring a tree from forest to fireplace. Part hard work, part pure chain saw satisfaction,The Backyard Lumberjackis your complete guide to bringing in the wood.

Felling: It all begins here, where the chain saw meets the tree. Choose an appropriate wood source and bring it down safely.

Bucking: Now that you've got the tree...

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Overview

Frank and Stephen Philbrick, enthusiastic and skilled lumberjacks, explain what it takes to bring a tree from forest to fireplace. Part hard work, part pure chain saw satisfaction,The Backyard Lumberjackis your complete guide to bringing in the wood.

Felling: It all begins here, where the chain saw meets the tree. Choose an appropriate wood source and bring it down safely.

Bucking: Now that you've got the tree horizontal, work your way up the trunk, cutting it into stove-length pieces.

Splitting: Trade your chain saw for a maul and start swinging. You can't burn until you have split and dried your wood.

Stacking: Decide which kind of woodpile works for you and stack it up. Keep in mind that the only goals here are to let the wood dry and to keep it from falling over. The level of artistry you bring to the project is up to you.

Burning: Choose your heating method, lay a perfect fire, and feel the burn.

It's all here, from choosing the perfect chain saw to managing a woodlot to safely enjoying the pleasures of a backyard bonfire. Just don't forget your safety gear!

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No he-man wants to admit it, but most outdoorsmen are relative novices at felling trees. Father-and-son lumberjacks Stephen and Frank Philbrick have mastered the largely forgotten arts of felling, bucking, splitting, and stacking. Their Backyard Lumberjack covers all the basics: everything from picking the right saw and safety equipment to maintenance strategies and deciding how much wood to cut, as well as useful diagrams, tables, and charts.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Here is something for the would-be lumberjack in your life."
— Gordy Holt
Boston Globe
"[The authors] have created a guide…that's fun to read even if you don't know a chainsaw from a chain letter."
— Jan Gardner
Akron Beacon Journal
"…covers…getting trees from forest to fireplace with such enthusiasm…that you'll find yourself hankering to swing a maul."
— Mary Beth Breckenridge
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Gordy Holt
"Here is something for the would-be lumberjack in your life."—Gordy Holt, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Nov. 25, 2006
Boston Globe - Jan Gardner
"[The authors] have created a guide…that's fun to read even if you don't know a chainsaw from a chain letter."—Jan Gardner, Boston Globe, Oct. 8, 2006
Akron Beacon Journal - Mary Beth Breckenridge
"…covers…getting trees from forest to fireplace with such enthusiasm…that you'll find yourself hankering to swing a maul."—Mary Beth Breckenridge, Akron Beacon Journal, Nov. 11, 2006
From the Publisher
"…covers…getting trees from forest to fireplace with such enthusiasm…that you'll find yourself hankering to swing a maul."—Mary Beth Breckenridge, Akron Beacon Journal, Nov. 11, 2006

“If your favorite wood-gatherer is getting a new ax or chainsaw this winter, make him read this book FIRST.”

Spokane Spokesman-Review

“…an excellent guide to harvesting, splitting, stacking, and burning wood for fuel.”

BackHome Magazine

Library Journal
Do you really need an entire book on woodcutting? First-time authors and father-and-son lumberjacks Frank and Stephen Philbrick manage to fill this book with much more. Safety is heavily emphasized throughout; discussions of tree species best suited for one's fireplace, chainsaw use and maintenance, and burning mechanisms are peppered with humorous reminiscences and philosophizing, which adds fluff. The subculture of logger games is also introduced, with competitive chopping, ax throwing, and more. There are nuggets of good information to be gleaned from this sometimes interesting, sometimes silly book. Buy only according to your region and local wood supply. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580176347
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 9/15/2006
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 302,808
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Philbrick lives in New York and competes in lumberjack events around the country.

Stephen Philbrick, lives in Massachusetts, where he manages 120 acres of woodlot.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Ten Reasons to Be a Backyard Lumberjack

Chapter 1: Into the Woods

Chapter 2: Get Your Gear

Chapter 3: Timber!

Chapter 4: Splitting & Stacking

Chapter 5: Feel the Heat

Chapter 6: Burn, Baby, Burn

Chapter 7: Logger Games

Glossary

Appendix

Index

Acknowledgments

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2011

    Very highly recommended

    An excellent resource for a home based wood burning, stacking, choosing and cutting of trees. The guide of trees for BTUs is wonderful to help choose the wood to burn for the great warmth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2008

    For entertainment only

    I've been in the tree business about twenty years and I consider it a moral responsibility of all professionals in the field to continually inform the general public of the hazards and safe techniques of tree work. This book is entertaining and humorous but in the Chapter on 'felling', in my opinion, it is dangerous! The cutting techniques pictured are simply wrong and it falls woefully short of adequate coverage of the topic. It is the only book on the subject I have seen that includes a liability disclaimer in the fine print in front. I recommend 'Professional Timber falling' by D. Douglas Dent, or 'Fundamentals Of General Tree Work' by G.F. Beranek to those seeking sound, SAFE advice in this dangerous work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2007

    Firewood

    Very good book for someone just starting to cut his own firewood. Very good reading, great pictures and stories.

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