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The Backyard Lumberjack [Kindle Edition]

Frank Philbrick , Stephen Philbrick
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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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.


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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. "BackHome Magazine""

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 15 May 2009
Format:Paperback
This book superficially presents itself as being a textbook-style account of how to fell small trees and prepare them for firewood. It certainly does offer entry level information on this, along with some other helpful tips on chainsaw use and general safety advice.
However, to find these nuggets of information you must sift through endless pages of tales from the good ol' days of logging, and hilarious anecdotes; hilarious to the writers, anyway. I can imagine the Philbrick father-son duo high-fiving each other at the advent of puns like 'Good Fellers'.
At points you could think you were reading a (bad) John Steinbeck novel, were it not for there being one of the countless and unnecessary photographs of Frank P. swinging an axe, brandishing a chainsaw, or just flexing his muscles and smiling to the camera.
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5.0 out of 5 stars all you need 2 Jan. 2011
Format:Hardcover
I love this book - keep it in our smallest room and read it often. I really disagree with the other reviewer and find the book a compelling combination of good advice and good (OK slightly "folksy" for us cynical brits) stories and humour. I would recommend it to anyone - both as a read and for technical advice.

We have a small (4 acre) plot of woodland on the borders of Wales and England and burn two wood stoves when it gets really cold. We really enjoy gathering and preparing wood for the stoves, and this book gives you all the right do's and don'ts to help with the task.

If you are interested in small scale wood production I can't think of a better book, and I looked at all those I could find before buying it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Second hand library book? 12 May 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This appears to be a second hand library book (it has a sticker on the binding with their reference number on it) that's been heavily used and wrapped in sticky back plastic and sold on to a mug (me) for too much. Not read it yet as appears to assume you have a large forest as your back garden which may be the case in Massachusetts but not in Nottingham. Bad call.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and inspiring 2 Feb. 2012
By D. Bain
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I grazed on this book happily for several weeks, dipping in as needed for instruction on a variety of things, and inevitably finding something else I didn't know I needed to know. Until I knew.

The father and son authors work very well as a tag-team, each bringing a distinct philosophy, humour, and charm to the subject, and both making a lot of sense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Marvelous 22 Dec. 2011
By free
Format:Paperback
The thing that this book really doesn't do is superficially present itself as being a textbook-style account of how to fell small trees and prepare them for firewood. It's an anecdotal account of a father and son team, who've learned to cut wood the hard way and a presentation on what they've found works, and what they've found doesn't. It's absolutely superbly written and an ideal gift for anyone who has a saw or axe in their garage. I've read it many times, even lent it out a few and now I'm reading it to my 3 year old, even he likes it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful introduction 14 Nov. 2011
By Matt
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I could not justify/afford a full HSE safety course on chainsawing, so opted for this book.
I have already recommended this to many friends.
I found it informative & entertaining.
It covers a broad range, not just about chainsaw use, but other useful info, like safety & how to chop & stack wood.
I found that the book gave me all the information I needed for tree management on our 3.5 acre smallholding, in addition to some 'men & motors' style entertainment value.
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