Synopses & Reviews
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 Timber!, 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. Diagrams of chainsaw 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 woodland, 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.
"[The authors] have created a guide…that's fun to read even if you don't know a chainsaw from a chain letter."—Jan Gardner, Boston Globe, Oct. 8, 2006 Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"…covers…getting trees from forest to fireplace with such enthusiasm…that you'll find yourself hankering to swing a maul."—Mary Beth Breckenridge, Akron Beacon Journal, Nov. 11, 2006
"Here is something for the would-be lumberjack in your life."—Gordy Holt, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Nov. 25, 2006 Gordy Holt
"…covers…getting trees from forest to fireplace with such enthusiasm…that you'll find yourself hankering to swing a maul."—Mary Beth Breckenridge, Akron Beacon Journal, Nov. 11, 2006 Jan Gardner - Boston Globe
"If your favorite wood-gatherer is getting a new ax or chainsaw this winter, make him read this book FIRST." Spokane Spokesman-Review
"...an excellent guide to harvesting, splitting, stacking, and burning wood for fuel."
Father and son lumberjacks bring practical instruction and firsthand advice to every man with a chainsaw. For every lumberjack chore they offer advice on equipment and their humorous anecdotes and tales of tree adventure.
Whether you're splitting a cord of wood for your fireplace or managing acres of woodland, The Backyard Lumberjack has the practical instruction and first-hand advice you need. You'll learn how to choose the right equipment and then fell, buck, split, stack, and burn your wood---safely and effectively.
Frank and Stephen Philbrick, enthusiastic and skilled lumberjacks, explain what it takes to bring a tree from forest to fireplace. Part hard work, part pure chain saw satisfaction,The Backyard Lumberjackis your complete guide to bringing in the wood.
The latest Scandinavian publishing phenomenon is not a Stieg Larssonandndash;like thriller; itandrsquo;s a book about chopping, stacking, and burning wood that has sold more than 200,000 copies in Norway and Sweden and has been a fixture on the bestseller lists there for more than a year. Norwegian Wood
provides useful advice on the rustic hows and whys of taking care of your heating needs, but itandrsquo;s also a thoughtful attempt to understand manandrsquo;s age-old predilection for stacking wood and passion for open fires. An intriguing window into the exoticism of Scandinavian culture, the book also features enough inherently interesting facts and anecdotes and inspired prose to make it universally appealing. The U.S. edition is a fully updated version of the Norwegian original, and includes an appendix of U.S.-based resources and contacts.
About the Author
was born in Fandaring;vang, Norway, in 1968. He is an author and journalist. He has written two novels, both of which met with critical acclaim, and the first was published in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and Finland.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Ten Reasons to Be a Backyard Lumberjack
Chapter 1: Into the Woods
Chapter 2: Get Your Gear
Chapter 3: Timber!
Chapter 4: Splitting and Stacking
Chapter 5: Feel the Heat
Chapter 6: Burn, Baby, Burn
Chapter 7: Logger Games