5 Lumberjacking Tips For Beginners


Lumberjacking is a high-skill profession that requires a lot of attention to detail. If you’re about to fell your first tree, here are five tips for success:

1. Identify your tree.

  • Identify your tree.

The first thing you need to do is identify the species of tree you want to fell, as well as its size and age. This will help determine how difficult it will be for you to cut down the tree and allows you to decide whether or not it’s worth hiring an arborist if it turns out that they’re too large or old for your needs. The condition of a tree also plays an important role in determining whether or not cutting it down is feasible: if there are any dead limbs hanging from its branches (and especially if those limbs aren’t covered with leaves), then these can fall unexpectedly while being cut by chainsaws which could cause serious injury or even death! On top of this, their location may make them unsafe for felling because they’re inside someone’s property line, too close to power lines or other structures like homes/buildings; trees like these should be removed only by professionals who know what safety precautions must be taken beforehand in order to avoid injury — otherwise hire one today!

2. Pick a non-cutting side.

  • Don’t fell the tree in the direction of the wind.
  • Don’t fell the tree with your back to the wind.
  • Don’t fell the tree with your back to the sun, as this can cause you to lose track of where you are in relation to where you want to go.
  • Don’t fell a tree while standing next to a road or other people, as they might get hit by falling branches or debris.

3. No peeking.

It’s tempting to keep an eye on your target as you work, but don’t. The moment you do is the moment when you will start thinking that it looks like it’s about time to stop now and start looking for a tree that seems easier to cut. And then maybe another one after that.

Don’t look at the trees while they are falling—especially if they’re some distance away from where they were originally standing when you started cutting them down. It might be hard not to peek back over there and see how things are going. But trust me: if it looks like the tree has come down too soon, or maybe hasn’t come down at all, then your only hope of success lies in keeping yourself focused on what is right in front of you when felling trees (or chopping them down).

4. Cut in the right direction and at the right angle.

The first step in felling a tree is to cut the trunk. For this, you need a chainsaw—otherwise, it’s awfully difficult to get through all that wood with an axe.

A good rule of thumb for cutting direction is: cut at a 45 degree angle down and towards the tree (not away from it). This will make your job easier by making it easier for you to get through the trunk with less effort on your part.

You also want to make sure that you’re cutting in line with the grain of the wood. If not, then things could get messy pretty quick there!

5. Make every cut count.

  • Make every cut count.

When felling a tree, it’s important to make every cut count. If you’ve got a chainsaw and are planning on taking down a tree, you’ll want to make sure that each cut is done correctly so that you don’t waste any time or energy. There are two things to keep in mind when making each cut: direction and angle of the blade against the trunk of the tree (or whatever part of the tree is being removed). When cutting with a chainsaw, there are two ways people typically go about this: they either start at one end and cut around until they’ve reached their desired width/length; or they start in the middle and work their way outward toward both sides until they reach where they want their cut-through point to be. The latter method can be easier because it allows for more accurate measurements as well as better visibility into what parts of your chain saw is touching which parts of your target material (which will help prevent accidents).

When working with hand tools such as axes or felling wedges there’s usually only one direction possible since these tools have no moving parts like saws do–so all cuts should be vertical ones unless otherwise specified by an authority figure such as yourself!

The next time you want to fell a tree, you’ll be cutting like a pro!

Now that you know how to fell a tree, you will be able to do it again whenever you want. The next time a tree needs to be cut down at your home, or if you have decided that it is time for some logging in the forest, follow these steps and feel like an expert lumberjack.

  • Figure out where the center of gravity is by using your compass and measuring tape.
  • Determine what type of tree saws would best suit your job based on how big of a cutaway section needs to be removed from around the trunk of the tree (for example: chainsaw vs pole saw).
  • Adjust your safety gear accordingly as well as any other specialized tools needed while cutting down said timber!


With these tips in mind, you should be able to cut a tree down like the best of us. It may take some practice, but eventually you’ll be able to fell a tree in no time at all. If there’s anything else we’ve missed out on here then feel free to let us know in the comments below!

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