• Continuous Improvement in Logging 134 pages Steven Bick & Jeffrey G. Benjamin   This book is dedicated in memory of longtime Northern Logger Editor Eric A. Johnson.   This short book describes the widely used continuous improvement theory and process and how it relates to logging.   Continuous improvement, also knows as the Theory of Constraints, simplifies complicated processes and demonstrates how incremental progress is made by overcoming bottlenecks.  System bottlenecks specific to logging are explored and described.  Throughout, accounting is adapted to logging with straightforward calculations that show financial results for individual harvesting jobs.   Productivity is related to financial well being of a logging business.  Harvesting machine and system productivity tables are presented.   Table of Contents   Chapter 1: Continuous Improvement A successful theory is applied to logging   Chapter 2: Financial Measurements Throughput accounting simplifies measurement of success   Chapter 3: Bottlenecks in Logging Manage, overcome and exploit bottlenecks on the road to improvement   Chapter 4: Logging Productivity Productivity as a ratio of output to effort   Chapter 5: Start improving A roadmap to implement change   Appendix A: Harvesting System Productivity Tables Productivity tables for various harvesting equipment and systems.   Appendix B: Additional Resources Links to useful free publications          
  • Forest Enterprises of the Adirondacks

     

    238 pages, 181 photos of men and equipment at work

    This book makes the point that forestry and timber harvesting are important to small businesses in our communities, but fewer people realize this today because they don’t have the same presence as businesses on Main Street.  Forestry is all around us if we are willing to take a look. Learn what loggers do in they day to day work. See how these small businesses specialize to different niches. Learn the names of different pieces of equipment. View photos of creative problem solving in action.

      Table of Contents   Chapter 1: At Work in the Woods Their note elves, but they are hard at work out there every day.   Chapter 2: Stumped Each stump is a reminder of past and future benefits from the forest   Chapter 3: Good Fellers The Levi Family strives for efficiency amid labor shortages and tight margins   Chapter 4: Rustification Francis VanAlstine uses old equipment to work on the forest of the Adirondack elite.   Chapter 5: North lake Legacy Bruce and Ted Koenig pass on back woods know how to Ted’s son Eric   Chapter 6: Forwarder Thinking Tom Donnelly looks into the future supply and adopts a new mix of equipment   Chapter 7: Destined to Flail Paul Mitchell solves the mystery of how to make money from unwanted trees.   Chapter 8: Wood is Wonderful Bob Coscomb Jr. embraces his heritage in a part time forest enterprise   Chapter 9: Living on the (Woods’) Edge Tom Bartiss combines thrifty utilization with low impact techniques   Chapter 10: Vertical Integration & Farm Work Emancipation Brothers Bill and Tim O’Brien convert a dairy fam into a family forest operation Epilogue A capstone look at forest enterprises   Learn what loggers do in they day to day work. See how these small businesses specialize to different niches. Learn the names of different pieces of equipment. View photos of creative problem solving in action.   Steve Bick’s sixth book.          
  • 260 pages (more than 200 photos) - $20.00 (7" X 10" soft cover) 20 chapters devoted to discussing and analyzing biomass markets, harvesting techniques and equipment that anyone considering getting into biomass harvesting will find invaluable. The author’s plain explanations, photographs and writing style make this a must-have resource for biomass producers—veterans and newcomers alike. Table of Contents SECTION 1: BIOMASS BASICS 1 Introduction 2 What is Woody Biomass? SECTION 2: OPERATIONS 3 Felling 4 Skidding 5 Sorting and Processing 6 Transport and Delivery SECTION 3: BUSINESS 7 Credit 8 Financial Calculations 9 Business Plans 10 Example Business Plan SECTION 4: BIOMASS HARVESTING OPTIONS AND ADVICE 11 Types and Roles in Woody Biomass Harvesting 12 Starting from Scratch 13 Expanding into Biomass 14 Insight and Advice SECTION 5: ADDITIONAL RESOURCES R1 Processes for Using Woody Biomass R2 Understanding Machine Rates R3 Equity and Ownership in Logging Equipment R4 Firewood R5 Woody Biomass Harvesting Guidelines R6 Operational Considerations in Following Biomass Harvesting Guidelines
  • By Benjamin Hoffman

    64 pages (8 1/2" X 11" soft cover) This soft-covered book is packed with tips and techniques on how to run a logging business successfully.  The book is based on a series of articles written over a period of years and has been updated and edited for this publication. Table of contents Chapter One - Setting up a Logging Business Chapter Two - People Management Chapter Three - Marketing Chapter Four - Production and Cost Records Chapter Five - Work: Measuring and Analyzing it Chapter Six - Roads and Trails Chapter Seven - Some Legal Aspects of Logging
  • Revised March 2014 32 pages (4" X 8 1/2" soft cover) The best selling booklet is bursting with information you can use in the field or office. This ready reference can easily be carried in the glove box or hip pocket for daily use. Log Rules and Other useful Information is an indispensable tool for people working in the field. Table of contents: Log Scaling / Interior Defects / Exterior or Side Defects Doyle Log Rule / Scribner Log Rule / International Log Rule / Maine Log Rule / Vermont Log Rule / Comparison of Various Log Rules and more Volume Equivalents / Selected Units of Volume of Roundwood / Volume Equivalents for Lumber / Computing of Lumber Volume in Board Feet Average Conversion Factors for Wood Products Weights of Various Species (Logs and Lumber) / Approximate Weights of Materials / Aggregate Required for One Mile of Road Units of Measure / Measures of Length / Cubic Measures / Weight Conversion Factors
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  • By Steven Bick

    162 pages 6" X 8 1/2" spiral bound) Northern Tree, Timber and Woody Biomassis a spiral-bound paperback book containing useful reference tables for the forest products industry worker.  Please also look at the companion publication - Timber Measurements - A practical guide for working in the woods. Table of contents Forward Introduction 1. Tree Volume Tables (International Rule,Scribner Rule, Doyle Rule) Pennsylvania Timber Volume Tables Northern Conifer Tables Whole Tree Wood Biomass Tables 2. Volume-Basal Area Ratio Tables 3. Volume-per-Acre Tables
  • By Steven Bick

    100 pages 4" X 5 1/2" soft cover) This small soft cover reference book contains numerous tables for easy in-the-field reference. Table of Contents Board Foot Log Rule Volumes - Even Lengths Board Foot Log Rule Volumes - Odd and Even Lengths  MBF Log Rules - Even Lengths  MBF Log Rules - Odd and Even Lengths Log Rule Comparison Table User Defined Custom Log Rule Log Volume Distribution by Length Board Foot Deductions for Interior Defects Log Diameter Defect Deduction Tables Log Crook Deduction Table Sweep Deduction Formula - International Rule, Scribner Rule, Doyle Rule Volume Log Rule Conversion Factors Price Log Rule Conversion Factors Forest Service Standard Grades for Hardwood Logs Rules of Thumb for Expert Hardwood Bucking Useful References About the Log Value Tables Log Value Tables - International Rule, Scribner Rule, Doyle Rule