Chainsaw Safety Classes

Small Woodland Owners Association

Promoting sound forest management and
strengthening long-term woodland stewardship.

 Thinking of buying a chainsaw, thinking of heating with wood, or are heating with wood and wish to cut your own? The Small Woodland OWnwers Association offers 3 levels of Chainsaw Safety Classes.

Class A will cover Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), proper starting technique, proper filing technique, reactive forces on the saw, compression and tension (how not to bind up your saw!) and tools of the trade.

"All students must have a helmet with eye and ear protection, chainsaw chaps and steel toed boots. Some PPE will be available to share. All students will start the saw and work on bucking up wood that is already on the ground. We will preview topics in Level B, including directional felling, the open face notch, bore cut, use of wedges and information to know before felling a tree.
Instructor John Cullen, retired from Bowdoin College and a teacher for five years with the Certified Logging Program: "I have been cooking and heating with wood since 1979, I was self-taught with the chainsaw until taking the formal training 10 years ago. I was amazed at how much there was to learn even after 20 years experience as a wood cutter and part time logger." John is active with the Maine Organic Farmer's and Gardeners Association in the Low-Impact Forestry Program".

Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment for assessment at the class. Class size is limited to 8 participants, so pre-registration is required. Class will not be held if minimum numbers are not met.

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