Here at the Red Ants Pants Foundation, we believe in teaching and sharing practical skills that can be used in our day-to-day lives, work places and while we’re out exploring all that Montana has to offer. Having the skills to work with timber can be incredibly useful and rewarding. Whether it is for a career choice or home ownership, knowing how to work with wood and use the related hand and power tools is a valuable skill.

Each year, using proceeds from our Red Ants Pants Music Festival, we host a three-day-plus Timber Skills Course designed to empower and educate women of all skill levels on the basic understanding, maintenance and operation of hand and power tools. We are excited to continue our expanded Timber Skills offerings – participants have the option to participate in either the Chainsaw 101 or Construction 101 course.

The Chainsaw 101 program is designed for beginner to intermediate chainsaw users. Participants will learn about different types of chainsaws and features, basic maintenance and use, as well as how to fell, buck, and limb trees.

The Construction 101 program is designed for beginner to intermediate users who have an interest in understanding the essential hand and power tools used for general construction. Participants will learn about use and safety with different power tools, as well as practical applications for hand tools.

Safety is the focus of the weekend, ensuring all participants feel comfortable and empowered to learn and practice at their own pace. We hope you are able to join us for this riverside retreat full of learning, empowerment and fun.

Topics covered include:

  • Safety, safety, safety!
  • Chainsaw features, maintenance, and use
  • Basic felling, bucking, and limbing techniques
  • Cross cut saw and axe use
  • Saw mill demonstrations
  • How to properly use a variety of power and hand tools
  • Basic carpentry skills such as framing, siding, and finishing
  • Build a bar that will be featured at the 2018 Red Ants Pants Music Festival

General Information:

  • 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

2018 Timber Skills Workshop – September 2018, dates TBD.

Cost: $450

Application for the 2018 Timber Skills Workshop will be available in March.


“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 chainsaw is now “de-mystified” for me. I know that safety was the top priority of the instructors. I felt safe handling the chainsaws 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
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