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The Backyard Lumberjack

The Backyard Lumberjack [Kindle Edition]

Frank Philbrick , Stephen Philbrick
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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."..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

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17688 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (12 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NNU80W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #294,021 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 15 May 2009
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Second hand library book? 12 May 2014
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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 all you need 2 Jan 2011
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great tool and read 31 Mar 2014
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Purchased for advice on wood chopping, contains plenty of info in an easy to read and digest format. In addition contains a selection if amusing and stories, well worth the investment.
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