My greatest satisfaction comes with sharing traditional skills as an instructor or special project leader. I have been teaching crosscut saw sharpening since 1992, instructing the USFS crosscut sawyer curriculum since 1996 and leading trail projects that involve saw use as well as other trail work skills since 1980. My retirement from the USFS in 2010 has allowed me the flexibility to contract with many different agencies and groups and to travel throughout the west as an instructor.

Learn and refine your crosscut saw sharpening skills:

Please contact me about my next scheduled crosscut saw sharpening classes here in Calpine, California. I have been putting on   classes for over ten years and word is out that these three day classes are a great way to learn to sharpen saws or refresh and renew your skills in the company of a great group of folks. I provide files and tools to use, compare, and buy if you want. I ask you to bring your own vise and saw to sharpen but I make other arrangements for anyone who has a hard time arriving with those things.     


The Student Conservation Association is sponsoring these classes and has provided links  to sign up on line here:


Sharpening class September 2019. Please contact me with questions.  
September 13-15/2019:
March 22-24/2019:

I also offer one day private lessons for one or two people who need to learn to maintain and re-sharpen saws that I have already sharpened.
Please contact me for details.


Crosscut sawyer training and USFS certification:

I bring an interesting collection of tools and a fresh enthusiasm for safety and efficiency to the USFS curriculum.
Contact me about your specific needs and location.

Innovative solutions to Wilderness trail problems.

I am available to lead and instruct your crew on all types of tread and drainage problems. I can prove that rock work is easy!