2014 Dates: June 5-8, 2014!

Having the skills to work with timber can be incredibly useful and rewarding. Whether it is for a career choice (trail crews, conservation corps, wildland firefighting, Forest Service, etc.) or home ownership (firewood cutting, yard maintenance, land clearing, etc.), knowing how to work with wood and use the related hand and power tools is a valuable skill.

The Red Ants Pants Foundation puts on a Timber Skills Workshop that is designed for beginner to intermediate chain saw users. The 3+ day course provides an overview of technical chain saw skills, timber skills, and equipment. All participants receive hands-on, technical, one-on-one instruction and lots of practice time.

Topics covered include:

  • Chain saw features, maintenance, and use
  • Safety, safety, safety!
  • Basic felling, bucking, and limbing techniques
  • Cross cut saw and axe use
  • Saw mill demonstrations
  • Rustic timber construction take-home project

General Information:

  • All genders welcome. Must be 18 or older.
  • Equipment, tools, and safety gear is provided.
  • Meals and snacks provided.
  • Participants camp on site.
  • Limited to 12 participants.
  • Course is located in White Sulphur Springs, Montana.

Thursday, June 5th, 6pm – Sunday, June 8th, 1pm 2014

Cost: $300 (scholarships are available, please don’t let this be cost-prohibitive!)

To participate in the 2014 Timber Skills Workshop, apply HERE!


“The Timber Skills weekend was the most empowering and fun girls weekend I have ever had. Beautiful camping, gourmet food, fresh wildflowers on all the tables, and a group of amazing women learning to cut wood with chainsaws. Hell yeah!”-Anna
“The Timber Skills workshop was great! Such fun to be surrounded by smart, strong, funny women, and such fun to get a chance to try my hand at chainsawing, which I’d never otherwise have dared to do.”–Maja
“I had a great overall experience…I’m really happy that the chain saw is now “de-mystified” for me. I know that safety was the top priority of the instructors. I felt safe handling the chain saws and equipment after their instruction…the supportive learning environment was truly magical. I enjoyed this workshop so much and feel like I learned many new skills that I will use. It was a pleasure learning and working with such a neat group of individuals.”–Linda
“Participating in the Timber Skills Workshop was a wonderful opportunity to gain a new skill set that allows participants to be self sufficient. Both the instructors as well as participants brought a terrific mix of knowledge and diverse background to the work shop providing the ideal setting to learn, grow, and develop new friendships.”-Stacey

“Timber Skills was an empowering and unique experience in a safe, supportive, and fun environment. I highly recommend it!”-Elizabeth