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News, Views and Commentary on the World of Woodcutting

2011 Great Portable Sawmill Shootout Partners with The Official Paul Bunyan Show

by dotcompost 3. February 2011 20:13

It was recently announced that the 2011 Great Portable Sawmill Shootout will move just a bit closer to us over here on the Left Coast. Here at Bailey's we think the move to partner with The Official Paul Bunyan Show at the Guernsery County Fairgrounds in Ohio this October is a great decision. The dates for the event are October 7-9, 2011 - much later in the year than previous years. The Shootout should find a much broader audience and be good for the niche industry of portable milling. The nice thing about these larger events is that the general public can see first hand, the care, hard work and conservation that goes into a portable milling operation. They can learn about how many of us work hard to properly manage our land and resources. On the competition front, we've confirmed that the Lucas / Bailey's team this year will once again include the incredible Five-Time Stihl Timbersports Champion, David Bolstad. At the last Shootout in 2009, the Lucas team (led by David Bolstad) finished their logs in 35 minutes, 35 seconds, for a cutting rate of 583 board feet per hour. Our tailer, Casey Comer, credited David's technique of milling the logs flat and then turning them for improving the yield from the logs. Their final tally of 583 board feet was 9% greater than the log scale — a higher overrun than most of the bandsaws were able to attain. We expect big things from these guys again this year... Please join us in Ohio this October!

Good cutting,

So You Wanna Build a Log Home?

by dotcompost 2. December 2010 23:49

Building a log home can be very rewarding, but it can also be complicated and dangerous if not done correctly or with the right training under your belt. If you're considering building a log home, we highly suggest you search out training from a qualified school or builder. Alaska Log Structures up near Anchorage, Alaska offers a comprehensive 10-day course that covers everything from safety to purchasing materials to hands on training in the actual building process. For more information, please check out their website. Bailey's offers a wide variety of woodworking and log handling tools to help log home builders, too. 

Happy scribing this holiday season!

Time for a Change? The 36 Cent Chainsaw Bar Guage Determination Tool

by dotcompost 12. November 2010 22:15

Bailey's 36 cent bar gauge determination tool

Numbers worn off your bar? Forget the last time you ordered a bar or chain for your chainsaw? Dog ate your chainsaw manual? If you don't have a good way to measure your bar groove, perhaps it's time for a change. Now you too, can have a Bar Gauge Tool for the low, low price of only 36 cents. Each of the coins below will fit snugly in the corresponding gauge chainsaw bar groove.

Quarter = .063 gauge
Penny = .058 gauge
Dime = .050 gauge

Once you figure out your chainsaw bar's gauge, be sure to check out our comprehensive selection of chainsaw bars and saw chain!

Good cutting,

Survey Says: Bailey's Customer Service Reps are Top-Shelf!

by dotcompost 14. October 2010 17:39

Bailey's Customer Service Representative Doug Coughlin

I don't like to take up this space with self-congratulatory banter, but when this testimonial came in from a customer satisfaction survey, I really felt like I needed to share it. The truth is that our representatives get these kind of comments and feedback quite often, but it's not always in writing. We always appreciate hearing from our customers, so please let us know the good, the bad and the ugly. We'll always work hard to try to make things right. This firewood cutting "wood stover" is representative of many of us who work here at Bailey's and a growing portion of our best customers:

"I was referred to you folks by a logger friend of mine. I'm just a wood stover, but I cut a lot of poles to heat my home. I was brought up in a wood stoving house and most of my friends here in New England are wood stovers. Your associate (Doug xt228) was top-shelf in terms of courtesy, helpfulness and expertise. I am going to refer everyone I know that cuts, to contact Bailey's for saw needs because I am way impressed with all of the above. We may not be loggers, but things break and we need parts for our equipment with the best of them. I'm going to tell all of my friends and family about Doug and Bailey's. Thank you and good luck in these tough economic times!"

Among his many talents, Doug is also our resident Lucas Mill expert. Keep up the good work, Doug!

Good cutting,

Back by Popular Demand! FREE UPS GROUND SHIPPING*

by dotcompost 6. October 2010 23:01

Our Holiday Sale catalog is just now hitting the streets and our customers mailboxes. This Christmas Sale Catalog contains thousand of great products and gift ideas for those of us who work and play in the outdoors at highly competitive prices. In addition to super sale prices -- back by popular demand, is our *FREE UPS GROUND SHIPPING offer for orders over $200 shipped in the continental United States (excludes truck shipments and certain heavy items). It's only back for a limited engagement, so to take advantage of this offer you'll need to get your order in by November 30, 2010.

Good cutting and happy holidays all of our valued customers,

Kayak Logging - Salvage Logging Done Right

by dotcompost 23. August 2010 19:07

While doing some searches recently, I ran across a unique blog published by Mark Whitaker of the Red Alder Ranch. Mark and his buddies are involved in salvage logging with a unique twist called "Kayak Logging." When I first found his blog, images of S&S Aqua Logging of Ax Men fame came to mind. S&S got into a bunch of trouble after Washington state Department of Natural Resources officials saw Jimmy Smith and his son on the History Channel reality TV show, Ax Men. I asked Mark about the controversey and if he had encountered any problems during his salvage logging efforts. Mark said, "I was approached in the last year by a USFWS guy while hauling logs out of the creek on a trailer near the wildlife refuge here, but after a long time on the phone back to HQ, he finally had to admit that what we were doing was legal. It was right after that guy on TV got busted. I go after free floating logs or logs laying on an easy-to-get-at-beach below high tide line, and everything I've ever heard or read says that I'm okay with the law doing that." Mark appears to do everything by the book. Mark's kayak logging partner, Brian, has even pioneered a sport using kayaks to haul logs. Mark custom mills much of his salvaged timber which has been used to build everything from a cabin to custom made kayaks. Please check out Mark's blog and you can also view a youtube video of what might very well be the first-ever kayak logging race.

Good cutting,

Oregon PowerSharp: A Revolution in Chainsaw Technology? You Decide!

by dotcompost 5. August 2010 01:24

There has been a lot of marketing build-up and much anticipation regarding Oregon's new PowerSharp saw chain and sharpening system. Suffice it to say that we're excited about this new product, but at the same time we're anxious for a bit of feedback from our customers. We've been told by Oregon that PowerSharp will be available to ship in early September. If you decide to give it a shot, we'd be very interested in hearing your thoughts after you've had a chance to use the system for awhile. Check out the video below and maybe you'll decide it's worth a few bucks to see if PowerSharp can successfully replace hand-filing or sharpening your chain loops with a grinder.

Good cutting,

Second Chainsaw Carving Boot Camp a Huge Success!

by dotcompost 29. June 2010 00:39

Phew, it has been a busy June here at Bailey's. In addition to sending our Summer catalog off to the printer, we hosted two major events at our facility in Woodland, California. The first one that I'll cover in this post was the Steve Backus Chainsaw Carving Boot Camp which took place June 12-13. Before I begin, I would like to thank all of the students who came from near and far to attend the Boot Camp. This was our second such chainsaw carving event, and I think they just keep getting better. Steve (along with his protégé, Mike) and Pat McVay taught twelve students over the course of two days how to carve a Salmon and a Standing Bear. The early feedback from the students has been overwhelmingly positive. Many of them told me they were surprised at how professional their carvings turned out after two short days of instruction. Others were amazed at the incredible leap their chainsaw carving skills took after such a short time. I've posted a few images below to give you a flavor of the fun and learning that took place. My sincere thanks to chainsaw carvers Steve and Pat, and photographer/videographer Peter Wiant for another highly-successful event. Be sure to keep an eye out in our catalogs for future events. Lastly, a special note of thanks to Steve Backus, Pat McVay and their associate chainsaw carver, Steve Orne (Steve did a great Bear carving demo for the students on Sunday) for the cool Bailey's "chainsaw" stump carving they contributed to our Woodland facility.

Good cutting,

Reduce Our Dependency on Foreign Oil and Offshore Oil Drilling by Using Biodegradable Alternatives Made in the USA

by dotcompost 10. June 2010 20:25


This post is not about the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill. However, regardless of anyone's political bent I think everyone can agree that what has happened is an environmental disaster of epic proportions. With that said, I would like to shine a light on a company producing fossil fuel alternatives for 2-cycle (no-smoke) oil mix, 4-cycle outdoor power equipment engine oil and chainsaw bar oil. We've sold Green Earth G-Oil products for a couple of years now and they have continued to gain acceptance and a loyal following among Bailey's customers. All of these oils meet the highest standards applicable for their uses. They are also rated ULTIMATE BIODEGRADABLE, the highest biodegradability ranking as determined by ASTM Standards (2.1 ASTM D-5864). Best of all, these oils are made in the USA and are produced using a patent pending technology for conversion of saturated fats from plant or animal origins into high value unsaturated oil. Green Earth also makes a 5W-30 motor oil that is gaining acceptance and distribution at auto supply outlets and oil change stations around the country. While Green Earth products are not the complete solution to offshore oil drilling problems or our dependency on foreign oil, they're certainly a step in the right direction. I encourage you to find out more about G-OIL by visiting their website.

Good cutting,

Prison Blues Clothing - Made in the USA with an Honorable Mission

by dotcompost 1. June 2010 22:24

I recently had the pleasure of spending some time with the management of Prison Blues and Oregon Corrections Enterprises. These are the people who are responsible for one of the most innovative prison programs I've ever seen. I'd like to take a moment to share some of the history of Prison Blues and my impressions of the overall enterprise.

Prison Blues started with two ingredients: 1. A federal government grant funded by drug money seizures, and 2. A plan to defray incarceration costs. Mindful of the impact prison industries have on private sector businesses, the State of Oregon conducted a thorough study to establish a viable product for production. The conclusion was that Oregon's manufacturers would not suffer from a prison garment industry. The factory was created in 1989 to manufacture blue jeans, yard coats, work shirts, and T-shirts for inmates. The factory is run as closely as possible to one on the outside, though with higher security issues. The environment is bright and energetic, designed to maximize productivity, and the workers appreciate the time they spend at work.

Prison Blues is the most highly sought job at Pendleton Prison. The inmates earn a prevailing industry wage and they keep around 20% of what they earn. They pay taxes and are eligible to earn bonus incentives for quality and productivity. Like the private sector, inmates are expected to pay their own way with their earnings. Eighty percent is withheld from their earnings to pay for their own incarceration costs, victim restitution, family support, and state and federal wage taxes. This significantly reduces the burden on taxpayers. Inmates can use their earnings for voluntary family support, to buy items at the prison canteen, or for deposit in a savings account available to them upon their release. As you might imagine, all of these factors have a very positive effect on one of America's biggest rehabilitation problems: recidivism (reincarceration after release). I can tell you first-hand that the clothes made by the inmates of this Oregon Prison, are some of the most durable you will ever lay your hands on.

I think it's safe to say that the people running the Prison Blues enterprise are more interested in rehabilitation than they are making windfall profits. I personally applaud their efforts and urge you to give this line of quality USA made clothing a try. Considering the current state of affairs here in California, I'd be very surprised if our Governator wasn't knocking on their door asking for advice. Find out more about Prison Blues by visiting their website.

Good cutting,

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