“An Axe to Grind”

When it comes to getting a job done I am a firm believer of two things:

  1. Use the best tool for the job.
  2. If you don’t know the best way to accomplish your task, find someone more knowledgeable and learn from them.

With Operation Eastwind 7 under my belt and EW8 looming, I know full well that I’ll be called upon to perform a variety of manual tasks to include digging ditches, trenches and fighting positions as well as clearing brush and cutting firewood. In a setting where noise discipline is paramount, simply grabbing a chainsaw or ditching machine won’t do.

The following videos were published by the US Forest Service – experts in bending mother nature to their wills, often using hand tools alone. There’s no rock music in the background or flashy slow motion footage here but the information is sound and you might come away with a better understanding of what some of these tools can do for you (or how to create improvised ones when the need arises). Personally, I feel I understand much more about what to look for when purchasing a woods tool and how to care for one.

Hand Tools for Trail Work Part 1

Hand Tools for Trail Work Part 2