As a tool, the axe is potentially more hazardous to both the user and crewmembers in the vicinity of the user than either a crosscut saw or chainsaw.
First Aid/CPR is required to obtain a crosscut or chainsaw certification.
Log dynamics are the same when using an axe as they are for crosscut saws and chainsaws. Binds are addressed in the crosscut saw module but not the axe module. Unfamiliarity with springpoles, side binds, end binds, pivots points, etc could result in unexpected log movement leading to injury.
Safe use of axes on trails requires a working knowledge of OHLEC which is covered in crosscut saw trainings and certifications.
Some Topic Covered:
Prework Review – Ax History, modern axes, ax anatomy, ax types, ax features
PPE and Ax Saftey – Risk assessment, PPE, proper stance
Choosing an Ax – Size, handles, weight, intended use
How an Ax works – Ax profile, the 45-degree angle
Chopping Plan – Removing wood by volume, constructing a free face, chopping from both sides, connecting notches
Chopping Techniques – Chopping styles, overhead chop, over-the-shoulder-chop, finishing cuts
Limbing – Technique
Ax Maintenance – Cleaning, honing, daily maintenance, annual maintenance
Additional Material – An Ax to Grind(https://youtu.be/22tBYD-HMtA); One Moving Part (https://www.fs.usda.gov/inside-fs/delivering-mission/deliver/one-moving-part-forest-service-ax-manual); A Practical Ax Manual
What this course does not cover:
Felling procedures, advanced bucking procedures
Ax restoration, hanging hafts, profiling, sharpening (beyond daily honing)
Note: Please bring work gloves, safety glasses, hard hats, hearing protection, and chainsaw chaps. Some of these PPE items can be provided by TKO staff if needed. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
Potential cancellation: We will not work in the field if the weather is not safe for our team.
Directions: Directions will be provided to participants as we get closer to the scheduled event dates.
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Please contact Vito Perrone at firstname.lastname@example.org. Send me an email if you want to join our waitlist for this workshop.
LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: TKO recognizes that the trails we work on travel through the traditional lands of many Indigenous tribes and communities. In every corner of what we now call Oregon, these people were forced to cede their land, their home, to the US government. We are privileged to be here today and we express gratitude to these tribes and their descendants for being the original and continuing stewards of these spaces.
ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS: TKO seeks to make our events inclusive of people of all backgrounds and abilities. If you would like to discuss potential accommodations to allow for your participation in this event, please click here to complete a short Google survey. TKO staff will then contact you to discuss options. Please note: available accommodations will vary by event and typically need to be requested a minimum of two weeks in advance. If you have any questions, please contact TKO Stewardship Manager Lindsay McIntosh-Tolle at email@example.com.
EQUITY & INCLUSION: TKO seeks to make Oregon’s trails a place where people can go to connect with nature & one another. Not everyone feels safe or welcome in the outdoors due to issues like racism, bias, and hate. We commit to being part of the solution to this problem and to enact change. Conduct, speech, or expressions that target any individual or group will not be tolerated by TKO, regardless of whether they are based on age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, geographic origin, language, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status.
PERSONAL SAFETY: Your physical and emotional safety is our number one priority. If a person’s actions or comments make you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, you may: interrupt directly, tell a crew leader, and/or inform TKO staff via the post-event survey.
While TKO no longer requires masking/vaccination for its events, we do support those who feel masking is necessary for their own safety. We ask participants to respect the health of folks who wear masks by distancing or wearing a mask while in close proximity.