Adirondack Woodsmen's School 2015

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The Adirondack Woodsmen's School at Paul Smith's College offers you the opportunity to discover traditional skills of the north woods. Not only will you learn to build a fire without matches, and make your own canoe, but you'll also master the skills of the competitive lumberjack–all while earning college credit!

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Receive personalized instruction from professionals who will help you build proficiency in the discipline of your choice–you may focus on speed chopping, axe-throwing, birling (log rolling in the water), sawing–or any combination that you choose. You'll also learn the secrets to honing a razor-sharp ax and and keeping your chain saw in prime running order.

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Earn four college credits in just two weeks. Learn the history of the Adirondack woodsman as you become an active part of the Adirondack landscape. What was it really like to be a frontiersman in the late 19th century? You'll learn the answer to this and many other questions through a series of campfire lectures examining the historical roots of these Adirondack pioneers. To cap things off, your week of training will conclude with a competition that will crown the "Bull of the Woods" and award a custom-made racing ax! See you in the Adirondacks ... 


Session One  Beginner
Sunday, July 12 - Saturday, July 18
Session one will introduce participants to traditional Adirondack woodsman skills. This will include expert instruction in competitive events such as speed chopping and sawing, as well as some of the finer points of camp life.

  • Learn the history of the Adirondack woodsmen
  • Build a fire in any weather (without matches)
  • Learn to keep your Stihl® chain saw in prime running order
  • Master the art of crosscut sawing
  • Learn to swing a racing axe with precision
  • Axe throwing
  • Log rolling in Lower St. Regis Lake
  • Lead an overnight war canoe expedition

Session Two Intermediate/Advanced
Sunday, July 19 - Saturday, July 25
Session two is designed for intermediate students who wish to hone their lumberjack prowess, as well as develop new skills. To enter session two, you must have successfully completed session one, or have at least two years of collegiate lumberjacking experience.

  • Spend an afternoon training with a Stihl® Timbersports® Pro
  • Build a canoe from scratch
  • Learn advanced techniques to fell trees with a cross cut saw and axe
  • Learn to skid logs using low-impact draft horses
  • Master your campfire cooking skills
  • Develop your orienteering skills and participate in a "bushwhack"
  • Learn the secret to creating a truly razor sharp axe
  • Compete in a real lumberjack competition

Camp Life

You'll experience authentic camp life as you settle into your new home on the shore of Lower St. Regis Lake. The daytime headquarters for the school is the famed Paul Smith's Forestry Club Cabin. The cabin includes a lumberjack sports practice arena as well as an indoor training facility for rainy days. When not sleeping under the stars, students will stay in a lakeside residence hall. All meals will be provided either in the college dining hall or prepared over a campfire in the field. Leisure time will also be provided for hiking, swimming and simply relaxing in the Adirondack Mountains.

Paul Smith's College
7833 New York 30
Paul Smith's, NY 12970

(518) 327-6227
(800) 421-2605



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