Brett McLeod

Paul Smith's College

Dr. Brett McLeod is a Professor of Forestry at Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State and author of “American Axe: The Tool That Shaped a Continent. As a former professional axman, McLeod competed internationally in speed chopping and lumberjack sports. When not swinging an axe, McLeod can be found working a team of draft horses to implement low-impact forestry methods. In addition to traditional woodsmen skills, McLeod also teaches modern forest managment techniques to help you get the most out of your woodlot. He and his wife live on a 30-acre woodland homestead in the Adirondack Mountains.

Brett is a contributor to Mother Earth News Fair Online.


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Tree Felling 101

This workshop features the tools and techniques needed to safely and sustainably manage your woodlot. Traditional axemanship, as well as modern felling, limbing, bucking, and skidding (both horse and human-powered) are demonstrated in this workshop. Particular attention is given to chainsaw techniques to maximize efficiency and overcome tricky situations such as back-lean and hazard trees.
Modern Homesteading Hands On

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