Noodling

I’m almost done splitting my wood pile.  I’m down to the giant rounds I put off to the end.

Log Pile with Noodles Surrounding It

When handling giant rounds I use a technique known as noodling where you use your chainsaw and cut with the grain of the wood.  The result is long strands of sawdust that look like noodles.

Below are the results of my work.  Manageable pieces of wood ready to be split.

Results of Noodling - Manageable Logs Ready for Splitting

This video shows how I noodle.

What’s in a File Handle?

Last week I tried a new file handle for sharpening my chainsaw.  I didn’t like it.  The handle was flat and I held the file only one way because it felt ‘right’.  I ended up filing every tooth with the same part of the file and quickly dulled the it.

Chainsaw Sharpening File Handles
The blue file handle on the left is not recommended for chainsaw teeth.  Because of the oblong shape you hold the file one way and quickly dull it.

I like big fat round file handles for chainsaw teeth.  I grip narrow file handles too tightly.  The tighter I grip the quicker my hand tires.

My preferred file handle is the Oregon file handle in the picture above.  It’s the fattest I can find.

A few years back I got a deal on Pferd wooden file handles.  They’re a little skinny for my taste but I use them because I don’t want to waste money.

File Handle Box
My file handle collection. I’ve tried many searching for the best handle and I like Oregon wood file handles the best.

I prefer wooden file handles because I like how they feel in my hands compared to slippery plastic.