USFS Axe training module to be given concurrently with or subsequent to crosscut saw trainings. Axe Basics, Maintenance, & Use
Only current certified sawyers are eligible to enroll in this class.
As a tool, the axe is potentially more hazardous to both the user and crewmembers in the vicinity of the user than either crosscut saw or chainsaw.
First Aid/CPR is required to obtain a crosscut saw certification.
Log dynamics are the same when using an axe as they are for crosscut saw and chainsaws. Binds are addressed in the crosscut saw module but not the axe module. Unfamiliarity with springpoles, side binds, end binds, pivots points, etc could result in unexpected log movement leading to injury.
Safe use of axes on trail requires working knowledge of OHLEC which is covered in crosscut saw trainings and certifications.
Prework Review – Ax History, modern axes, ax anatomy, ax types, ax features
PPe and Ax Saftey – Risk assessment, PPE, proper stance
Choosing an Ax – Size, handles, weight, intended use
How an Ax works – Ax profile, the 45-degree angle
Chopping Plan – Removing wood by volume, constructing a free face, chopping from both sides, connecting notches
Chopping Techniques – Chopping styles, overhead chop, over-the-shoulder-chop, finishing cuts
Limbing – Technique
Ax Maintenance – Cleaning, honing, daily maintenance, annual maintenance
Additional Material – An Ax to Grind(https://youtu.be/22tBYD-HMtA); One Moving Part (https://www.fs.usda.gov/inside-fs/delivering-mission/deliver/one-moving-part-forest-service-ax-manual); A Practical Ax Manual
What this course does not cover:
Felling procedures, advanced bucking procedures
Ax restoration, hanging hafts, profiling, sharpening (beyond daily honing)
Note: Please bring work gloves, safety glasses, hard hats, face coverings, and hand sanitizer- all your new normal trail work PPE. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, TKO cannot provide any of this equipment.
Potential cancellation: We will not work in the field if the weather is not safe for our team.
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There are no overnight accommodations on-site available for this event.
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Directions: The Zigzag Stewardship Center is located across Highway 26 from the Zigzag Ranger Station, at the “North Compound”. Directions from Sandy, Oregon to the Zigzag Stewardship Center: Take Highway 26 East for 17 miles. Turn left on Lolo Pass Road. Take 2nd right(about 300 yards from HWY 26) and drive through open gates to access the Stewardship center.
COVID-19 Procedures **Please follow all civil authority restrictions for your community. **
In accordance with civil authority restrictions and land manager requirements for safety considerations, the following policies are currently in place:
• All volunteers will watch in the TKO COVID-19 Safety Lab, a broad safety orientation of TKO Safety Policy & Procedures for a COVID-19 Environment. Link will be provided in your registration confirmation.
• All volunteers must administer a health self-evaluation prior to attending in-person volunteer events (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html).
• All volunteers will read and sign the TKO Volunteer Waiver updated for COVID-19 for release and indemnity of TKO and the land manager partner. Link will be provided in your registration confirmation.
• Volunteers must bring their own gloves, cloth masks, hand sanitizer, and hardhat.
• No carpools will be arranged by TKO for the time being.
For a complete list of Covid specific safety measures, see our safety manual, available here.
LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: TKO recognizes that the trails we work on travel through the traditional lands of many Indigenous tribes. In every corner of what we now call Oregon, these people were forced to cede their land, their home, to the US government at various times from 1853 – 1871. We are privileged to be here today & express gratitude to the descendants of these tribes for being the original stewards of this land.
EQUITY & INCLUSION: TKO seeks to make Oregon’s trails a place where people can go to connect with nature & one another. Not everyone feels safe & welcome in the outdoors due to racism, bias & hate. We commit to being part of the solution to change that. Conduct, speech, or expressions that target individuals or groups will not be tolerated by TKO, regardless of whether they are based on age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, geographic origin, language, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.
PERSONAL SAFETY: Your physical & emotional safety is our number one priority. If a person’s actions or comments make you feel uncomfortable/unsafe – interrupt directly, tell a crew leader &/or complete the post-event survey.