Community Workshops
 

Unless otherwise indicated, workshops are designed for any participant, 18+ years old. 

Chainsaw Training Workshops: Level 1

Register at dates below

This course is certified through the Safety and Woods Working (SAWW) training program and is part of a four-level series designed to increase safety and efficiency of chainsaw use.

 

Participants in Level 1 training will spend part of the morning in the classroom, and at least 5 hours outside practicing techniques to operate chainsaws safely, comfortably and productively. Topics covered include personal protective equipment (PPE), body mechanics, chainsaw safety features, the chain and the cutter tooth, reactive forces, planning and executing tree felling, intro to limbing, and bucking. Level I introduces the participant to bore cutting and open face felling, and develops the mechanics to execute these techniques. Hands-on training gives participants the opportunity to fell at least one tree.

 

Participants must bring a safety helmet, and are encouraged to bring all PPE (eye protection, chaps, suitable footwear and gloves), chainsaw and any tools used to maintain the saw and sharpen chain.

The cost of this class is $140 and class size is limited to 12. 

Dates: Wednesday, September 28, 2022 and Tuesday, October 4th, 2022. Participants need only sign up for one session. Both will be held from 8:00am - 4:30pm. 

Location: Spring Valley Tract, New Glarus

Leader: Luke Saunders

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Chainsaw Training Workshop: Level 2

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 1 training

 

Participants in Level 2 SAWW training will refine and build upon chainsaw proficiency skills learned in Level 1. This course is certified through the Safety and Woods Working (SAWW) training program and is part of a four-level series designed to increase safety and efficiency of chainsaw use.

 

Participants in Level 2 training will spend part of the morning in the classroom, and at least 5 hours outside practicing techniques to operate chainsaws safely, comfortably and productively. Topics covered include basic chainsaw maintenance, review of the cutter tooth and hands-on sharpening, introduction to wedges, planning and executing tree felling, planning and executing limbing and bucking. Level 2 participants will sharpen their own saws, may fell trees against lean, and learn advanced bucking techniques. Hands-on training gives participants the opportunity to fell or limb at least one tree

 

Participants must bring a safety helmet, and are encouraged to bring all PPE (eye protection, chaps, suitable footwear and gloves), chainsaw and any tools used to maintain the saw and sharpen chain.

The cost of this class is $140 and class size is limited to 12. 

Date: Wednesday, October 5th, 2022, 8:00am - 4:30pm. 

Location: Spring Valley Tract, New Glarus

Leader: Luke Saunders

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Chainsaw Training Workshops: Level 3

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 2 training

 

Participants in Level 3 SAWW training will refine and build upon chainsaw proficiency skills learned in Levels 1 & 2. This course is certified through the Safety and Woods Working (SAWW) training program and is part of a four-level series designed to increase safety and efficiency of chainsaw use.

 

Participants in Level 3 training will spend most of the day in the field practicing techniques to operate chainsaws safely, comfortably and productively. Topics covered include review of information from Levels 1 & 2, focus on planning and executing difficult tree felling, introduction to Segments, precision at the stump, and planning and executing limbing and bucking. Level 3 participants should be fully equipped and prepared to work with and maintain their own chainsaw. Hands-on training gives participants the opportunity to fell and limb or buck at least one tree. Participants must be prepared to work and bring their own personal protective equipment, chainsaw(s) and tools for maintenance.

The cost of this class is $150 and class size is limited to 10. 

Date: Tuesday, November 1st, 2022, 8:00am - 4:30pm 

Location: Spring Valley Tract, New Glarus

Leader: Luke Saunders

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