A Notch in Time....
By Tim Ard, Forest Applications Training, Inc.
In the past couple months I
have led training workshops and demonstrations in several areas of the country
and met several people who have been operating a saw for years. Preparing for
the eVideo I watched a passel of videos online that show felling, bucking,
limbing and other chain saw techniques that cover and display a wide range of
skill and applications. Hundreds of face notches, bore cuts, miss-matched cuts
of various configurations are visible on these websites. I have heard
statements of how techniques used originated and how it's the way
I've always cut, they say.
I have been following chain saw training in the USA very closely since 1983. Even before that, in the late 70's, I remember the name Soren Eriksson in and on chain saw related materials from Scandinavia. Jonsered and Husqvarna had Soren in pictures, films and poster materials back in the early 1970's. Soren made some of the first training visits to the USA in the late 70's working on projects for Weyerhaeuser and Westvaco wood products companies. Jonsered distributor, Tilton Equipment organized many workshops with Soren and Dan Tilton was one of the first to begin spreading Soren's Swedish Logging Techniques throughout our country.
I researched it heavily and it was Soren Eriksson who had pioneered the techniques of Open Face and Bore-Cut into the USA but the real accomplishments of his techniques; Soren Eriksson brought thought, safety, planning processes and professionalism into USA chainsaw operations.
Soren's major promotion arm in his early days in the states was the American Forest Resources Association (at that time called the American Pulpwood Association) and Dave Zerfoss of Stihl, later US President of Husqvarna. Soren's training really took off when he and one of Scott Paper Company's foresters organized the first Game of Logging.
So from now on, when you make that face notch you have always made, bore-cut to establish a hinge you have always used, after putting together a five step felling plan you've always used-- you can say a quick thank you to Soren Eriksson – a logger and training instructor for bringing them to you. Yes, those logging techniques work well for Tree Care, Logging, Government Crews, Disaster Volunteers and me and you! Every recognizable training organization in the USA teaches with Soren's techniques and training formats. They just make them their own... they think!
Thank you Soren for being persistent in training, techniques and design to make our chainsaw work safer and more productive.
Tim Ard and Soren Eriksson GOL Final 1995