Calling all weekend wood choppers

Thursday 10 December 2015

With the sales of wood burning stoves soaring and a book on how to chop and stack wood a Number One best-seller it is little surprise that more and more people are out wielding chainsaws at the weekend.  

‘Norwegian Wood – chopping, stacking & drying wood the Scandinavian way’ by Lars Mytting is an Amazon No.1 best seller this year and the installation of wood burning stoves is seven times higher than in 2007*,  fuelled partly by increased heating costs. 

Understandably people are looking to prepare their own wood for the fire, but a chainsaw in inexperienced hands can be extremely dangerous and to avoid any mishaps the professionals would recommend getting some training.

Shuttleworth College runs a one day introduction course in chainsaw use, covering all aspects of safety and the best cutting techniques. This could be the perfect Christmas present for your loved one says expert instructor Robin McMichael, photographed below on a Stihl training day with colleague Tom Bowen.

Chainsaw courses at Shuttleworth College

“Open fires and wood burning stoves are very popular.  Chainsaws make light work of the wood chopping but can also make light work of a limb!  Our courses teach you how to prepare, how to stay safe and the best way to cut wood, saving you time and effort.”

One day Chainsaw: An Introduction courses are being held on Saturday 20 February 2016 and Saturday 14 May 2016 at the Shuttleworth College Campus near Old Warden, Bedfordshire. 

To book simply call Bedford College Sales Department on 01234 291747 or email

* Professional courses can also be booked at Shuttleworth College for land-workers

View our full range of Arboriculture & Forestry courses, call 01234 291747 or email

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