The Backyard Lumberjack, Paperback
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For every man who has ever conjured up a picture of himself felling trees in a roar of chainsaw noise and power, "The Backyard Lumberjack" is an account of dreams fulfilled.

Father and son lumberjacks Stephen and Frank Philbrick have enjoyed the thrilling destruction of felling, bucking, and splitting timber for hundreds of cords of firewood.

Together they bring practical instruction and first-hand advice to every man with a chainsaw.

Before there can be any felling of trees or satisfying shouting of Timberl, every potential lumberjack must choose the proper saw.

The Philbricks offer buying advice based on the quantity of wood to be cut and the amount of time to be spent on the job.

They provide diagrams of chain-saw parts, functions, and maintenance requirements; tables and charts of saw specifications and firewood volume; and personal cautionary tales of on-the-job injuries arm potential lumberjacks with the necessary tools to make informed choices.

Chainsaw in hand, father and son move on to detailed instructions on managing a woodlot, felling and bucking, splitting and stacking, and even include fun facts on burning. For every lumberjack chore they offer advice on equipment (chaps, helmets, felling wedges, hatchets, mauls, peeves), careful procedural instruction, safety and efficiency strategies, and always their humorous anecdotes and tales of tree adventure.

For the rural lumberjack with acres of wood- land, the suburban guy with a cord of wood to split and stack for the fireplace, or the urban guy who just likes to think about chainsaws, "The Backyard Lumberjack" is as much an engaging read on the legends and experiences of lumberjacking as a practical reference guide.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages, full colour photographs/illustrations
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Timber & wood processing
  • ISBN: 9781580176347



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This book was alright, gives some decent descriptions of felling for the amateur but overall found it to be a little light on technique and facts. Seems like the author couldn't quite work out whether he wanted to write a light hearted biography filled with humourous anecdotes or a reference book of timber work. As such, calling it the ultimate guide is definitely a fanciful claim as you'd be disappointed if this was your only reference material and had no one to give advice. This being said however, it isn't a bad little read, the anecdotes and background stories are interesting and give a snapshot of rural America.

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