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Keep Your Crosscut Saw Singing

Screen shot of the cover page for the report described in this article.

After more than 35 years working in the woods, Tahoe National Forest Trails Program Manager David E. Michael has written a comprehensive guide to share his experience with a traditional tool—the crosscut saw—and to help wilderness trail crews, smokejumpers, historic preservation specialists, and others who want to learn more about crosscut saws.

In Saws That Sing: A Guide To Using Crosscut Saws (0423–2822–MTDC), Michael presents techniques for using and maintaining crosscut saws. The guide includes photos and descriptions of different types of crosscut saws, saw handles, and wedges.

For more information, contact Brian Vachowski, project leader (phone: 406–329–3935; e-mail:

To order the report, contact MTDC publications (phone: 406–329–3978; e-mail:

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