The Folding Saw
Having a good, sharp folding saw with you is will revolutionise your outdoor life. With this you can easily cut wood that would take a lot of time and effort to get through with a knife. You can cleanly remove wood from a living tree if there need arises. By making a clean cut the tree is more able to heal itself. We’ll talk more about this later but for now let’s take a closer look at a good folding saw.
The Folding saw of choice for me is the Bacho Laplander, It is sturdy, sharp, comfortable to use and the blade locks open and closed making for a safer saw.
The blade is also extremely effective at cutting both green (live) and dead wood.
There are many folding saw’s available on the market and you should shop around and find the one that you prefer.
With a folding saw, razor sharp knife and the knowledge to use them effectively and safely, you become a formidable person capable of dealing with just about anything that nature can throw at you. And she will, I assure you.
- The safe way to use a Bow saw is to put your arm through the ‘hoop’ and support the work piece form the onside of the blade. This ensures that no part of your body is vulnerable to the blade.
When sawing wood, the blade can often jump out of the cut, especially as you’re getting started. The natural position that people adopt is to place their supporting hand right next to the blade. The problem with this is that when the blade jumps, it tends to home in on your supporting hand and rip through it or worse. By adopting the arm though the hoop technique you eliminate this problem as the blunt side of the saw edge is the only part of the blade that can come into contact with your arm.
Make full use of the entire length of the blade and adopt an efficient pace when sawing. Make no mistake about it, sawing wood is hard work, that is why electric power saw’s sell so well but by finding a slow but steady pace and working with the wood rather than against it, you can saw for as you as you need to without too much fuss.
It is not necessary to saw all of the way through fire wood, you can saw just over half way through and then give it firm tap onto the ground or another log to snap it in two. Often this has the added bonus of splitting the wood for you, saving you a job for later.