Game of Logging Chainsaw Training, Spring 2024

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BASIC CHAINSAW USE & SAFETY: Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 8AM – 4PM
COST: $220 per level, plus Eventbrite processing fees

LEVEL 1: Thursday, April 25, 2024, 8AM – 4PM
COST: $220 per level, plus Eventbrite processing fees
Course is full, with waitlist. Cancellations often happen, so be sure to add yourself to the waitlist by visiting the Eventbrite page (see above)

LEVEL 1: Friday, April 26, 2024, 8AM – 4PM
COST: $220 per level, plus Eventbrite processing fees

LEVEL 2: Tuesday, April 30, 2024, 8AM – 4PM 
COST: $220 per level, plus Eventbrite processing fees

WHERE: Lincoln VT (exact location TBD)

WHAT: The Game of Logging training program combines Scandinavian logging techniques with the latest systems for working safely around trees. We cannot overstate the value of these courses. We have participants who’ve used chainsaws for 30 years prior to taking GOL Level I say that the course changed the way they work in the woods. The GOL Level 1-4 courses must be taken in sequence (even if you have chainsaw experience, you must begin with Level I). The Basic course is NOT a prerequisite for Level 1. 

BASIC CHAINSAW SAFETY FOR BEGINNERS. In addition to our regular Game of Logging training series (Levels 1-4), we also offer a Basic Chainsaw Use & Safety course. This beginner workshop is designed especially for those with no previous chainsaw experience. In this course, you’ll gain comfort with how a chain saw operates, basic maintenance, and log-bucking techniques. It is NOT a prerequisite for Level 1. Beginners can start with Game of Logging Level 1, but know that you will be felling a 10″+ diameter tree during that workshop, which may be more than what you want to do on your first day using a chainsaw. We highly recommend the Basic course for those who haven’t used a chainsaw before. 

If you opt for the Basic course, we highly recommend that you wait and practice before taking Level 1. There is some information overlap in the two courses, which will be a helpful refresher if you take them 6 months apart.

LEVEL 1. Precision Felling Techniques. This workshop introduces open-face felling and the development of techniques to safely use it. Topics covered include personal protective equipment, chainsaw safety features, chainsaw reactive forces, bore cutting, pre-planning the fell, and understanding hinge wood strength. 8AM-4PM one-day course. Maximum 10 participants. LEVEL 1 COURSE OUTLINE.

LEVEL 2. Maximizing Saw Performance. The morning portion of this workshop focuses on maximizing chainsaw performance through basic maintenance and filing techniques. In the afternoon woods portion of the workshop, you’ll learn limbing and bucking techniques and spring pole cutting, and will practice more tree felling. 8AM-4:00PM one-day course. Maximum 10 participants. LEVEL 2 COURSE OUTLINE

LEVEL 3: Limbing, Bucking, and Difficult Trees.This workshop training includes dealing with lean when felling trees; limbing and bucking downed trees; and felling difficult and hung-up trees. 8AM-4:00PM one-day course. Maximum 10 participants. LEVEL 3 COURSE OUTLINE

*GOL workshops are held rain or shine. They will only be cancelled in the event of extreme weather, particularly high winds.

Course FAQs, provided by the course instructors, from Northeast Woodland Training.

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