The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 26, 1981 · Page 37
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 37

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, November 26, 1981
Page 37
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Give power tool only when he is mature enough to handle it Thursday, November 26,1981 — The Salina Journal Page 39 ; By JIM MARTIN ; GREENVILLE, Calif. - The life of a ; boy who grows up enjoying the great outdoors is marked by memorable milestones: the exhilaration of his first ride in a fast boat, the thrill of catching his first fish, the feeling of pride that accompanies the ownership of a first rifle or shotgun — each experience can provide unforgettable memories for a lad and his parents. For those who live in a rural or sub- Durban area and use firewood for home heating, another milestone is the first time a young man is allowed to operate a lightweight chain saw. In the small town where we reside, many stoves • and fireplaces are fueled with wood 'gathered from surrounding lands. '.Youngsters receive an early exposure to-the wood-gathering process as a 'regular part of our lifestyle. As they •grow up, sons are expected to take 'Pjtrt'ln the cutting and gathering of Iwood. ; Tfiat gives rise to the key question: :at.what age should a boy be allowed to :useVchaln saw? • The question may be applied to any ;potehtially dangerous power tool, including jigsaws, bench drills, even ;hedge; trimmers, although it arose in ;my family when my son, Jim wanted a [greater share in our woodgathering ac- ;tivitibs. The chain saw was the tool he ;wanted to use. ; Although age is a factor to be consid- ;ered,' it is not a primary determinant ;when;measuring a youth's readiness to ;operate a chain saw on his own. Nor la •physical stature. Thanks to the powerful, lightweight chain saws on the market today, cutting firewood is no longer •a task reserved for musclemen. • The major considerations a parent should weigh are the boy's background, his knowledge of the wood- putting process, and the degree of maturation he has attained. ; Background alludes to the amount of ;"woods sense" a youngster possesses. To what extent has he been exposed to ;the outdoors lifestyle? Does he feel at home in the forest? Can he move •around in the woods without becoming [confused or lost? Is he alert to poten- itial dangers such as rattlesnakes, poison oak, poison ivy and the like? Does he know how to cope with possible problems or emergency situations which may arise? : Youngsters in our area acquire such a background as a normal part of growing up. Jim, for example, started accompanying me into the forest as an interested observer when he was a toddler. As he grew older, Jim helped load cut-lengths of wood into the pickup, stack them on the woodpile at home and keep the woodbox full during winter.' Early in life, he became accustomed to the sights and sounds of wood-cutting. Knowledge, as applied to firewood gathering, means the youngster's understanding of the various activities I I I BANNER SAFETY FIRST - Plenty of coaching is necessary before a youngster is ready to use dad's chain saw, or any other power which must be undertaken. Searching throughout the forest for suitable types of materials which may be cut and gathered under public or private regulations is an important segment. Knowing how to safely handle the wood when removing it from the forest is another. Knowledge also encompasses the proper use of the various types of wood-cutting equipment. Proper training in the use of chain saws is very important. For nearly 20 years we have heated our home with fuel cut by lightweight chain saws. Young Jim took his initial turn operating a lightweight chain saw about Easier with a freezer Let your freezer assist you in preparing beforehand for holiday meals. For example, pies may be frozen — baked or unbaked — far in advance of the holidays. Then, to get a frozen baked pie ready for serving, simply heat it in a 300-degree oven for about one hour. To prepare a frozen unbaked pie for serving, bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for 25 to 35 minutes until nicely browned, then lower temperature to 350 and bake another 30 minutes. Make fake snow Decorate with suds-snow. Here's how to make it. Stir a big handful of packaged soap or detergent in a little warm water. Whip with electric beater to make suds like thick meringue. Then, create snowdrift decorations. The suds- snow will harden, remain intact for weeks. FABRICS DISCOUNT DAYS NOVEMBER 27th & 28th Every Item In Stock! 'You Can't Buy Anything For Regular Price!'' SALINA Downtown 146 S. Santa Fe MINNEAPOLIS 217 W. 2nd ABILENE 310 Buckeye tool, on his own — or can expect to receive one as a Christmas gift. three years ago when I asked if he wanted to try cutting up some limbs and small trees we had hauled home from the forest in our pickup. I offered the invitation only after I felt certain Jim realized the importance of observing proper operating procedures at all times, and that he understood the necessity of wearing protective eye glasses, ear plugs, slip-proof gloves and a bump hat while working. I also made certain he recognized the saw as an important, but potentially dangerous working tool. The initial, closely supervised training sessions went well. With each lesson, Jim's confidence and his proficiency grew. Today, he often goes out on his own to.cut a load of wood. We are both proud of the fact that a large portion of the firewood that's cut and stacked for burning this winter was gathered by Jim, operating independently. Yes, young Jim's ready for his own chain saw now and he has reason to suspect that a new one may be his Christmas gift. I'd like to keep it a surprise, but he may need it early to cut our Christmas tree. (Jim Martin is a widely published author in Greenville, Calif., who specializes in outdoor subjects.) EDGINGTON'S Annual Pre-Cliristmas Sale ALL AMPS & GUITARS SALE PRICED Including Sigma Kustom Martin Alvarez Fender Conn Crate Electra m Save 50% Off Selected Models Of Guitars And Amps Shop QUALITY-SERVICE-BRANDS And Compare PRICE Step-up Band Or Orchestra Instruments Make Great Christmas Gifts! Read, Use Journal Want Ads T J Holiday Wear Not Included

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