I retired from
the U.S. Forest service in 1997 after working 31 years on the
Umpqua National Forest. I spent my Forest Service career working
on road engineering. The last seven years I was Forest Trail Co-ordinator.
After retirement, I organized a volunteer trail maintenance crew
consisting of myself and eight other Forest Service retirees.
The crew is known locally as the "Motley Crew." The
crew spends every THURSDAY doing trail maintenance for the Forest
Service and the Bureau of Land Management. The crew averages 2000
hours of trail work each year.
In 2000, the Motley
Crew took a Forest Service contract to clear logs from 95 miles
of trail. Seventy five miles of these trails were in designated
wilderness where no power equipment was allowed. I owned a nice
5 foot Simonds Royal Chinook bucking saw at this time but had
no idea how to sharpen it. I obtained a copy of the Forest Service
Crosscut Saw Manual by Warren Miller. From this manual I learned
by trial and error to sharpen the saw. The crew finished the contract
on schedule and so began my love affair with crosscut saws.
Although I sharpen
saws, my true interest is finding old saws and making them usable.
My goal is to provide saw users with what they need to accomplish
the task at hand at a reasonable price.
My son, Donney,
has also become interested in the trade and is helping out. His
interest is in metal working which really comes in handy when
making parts and accessories that are hard to find.
We hope you can
find a tool or a service on this website that will help you out.