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New England

Your guide to

everything outdoors in New England

Winter Camping • Snowshoeing • Ice Fishing & More!

Snow Shoeing 101:

Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask

Carving a niche

We put “the Machine Jesse Green” on the chopping block!

In every issue:

Blazin’ trails: Where hike/atv/sled Cabin feva: Fun stuff to do with the whole family Gobble guide: Where chow down Compass around town ThetoNew England | January 2011

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Live Bait • Fishing Tackle • Kayaks • Canoes • Row Boats Pedal Boats • Archery Equipment • Guns & Ammo Kayaks & Canoe Rentals and Lessons

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Welcome Editor’s Note: Welcome to the First issue of New England Compass! After working in the publishing business for over 15 years, it is a dream come true to me to finally have my own publication. I love the outdoors, nature and having fun in New England, and that is exactly what the New England Compass is all about. We are striving to be the fastest up and coming online magazine. At the New England Compass, we view ourselves as partners with our customers, our community, and our environment. We’re a green company, and publishing online not only allows us to avoid wasting paper and ink, but also to maintain low costs for ourselves and advertisers. Please join us on facebook at

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Your guide to

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11 out in the great wide open — January cover stories 7 snow shoeing 101: Tips and tricks 11 CARVING A NICHE: We Put Chainsaw Artist “The Machine” Jesse Green on the Chopping Block

every issue 9 Gobble guide: Where to chow down around town 11 Blazin’ trails: Where hike/atv/sled 18 hooked: Cool spots to ice fish 21 cabin feva: Getting you out of the house 22 classifieds: Buy. Sell. Trade. The The New England Compass | January 2011 | 5 3

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the great wide open | Cover stories

Snow shoeing 101: Tips and Tricks

Hiking is an easy four season, outdoor activity, although you can make it as as challenging as you’d like want. You can choose your trail based on your skill level, grab some great shoes and head out trekking with weather appropriate clothing. Winter has it’s own challenges with snow and you know we can’t live in New England and hike around in shorts all year. (Athough, I have seen it.) For avid summer hikers that put up their shoes when the snow starts to drop, rest assured, snowshoeing is an easy and rewarding, almost a no brainer, hiking option for the winter months.

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OUt in the great wide open: Snow shoeing 101 Below is a summary of tips and advice from the links below, for the beginner and seasoned snowshoe trekker. • Wear Layers • Traverse uphills at an angle, do not ascend straight up steep slopes to save energy. • Make sure all slopes you climb and cross are not avalanche dangers.

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• Poles are necessary when traversing difficult terrain. While using a loaded pack your center of gravity is higher and soft snow makes it easier to fall over. Poles will help you avoid the falls. • Load your packs appropriately. Be aware of your pack weight, pack what you need, and don’t leave safety or warmth equipment behind on back country and long treks. • Take turns breaking trail. It is twice as exhausting to break the fresh snow than follow behind in other’s tracks. • Stretch your legs, focusing on hamstrings before you head off. • Maps, GPS, and a knowledge of the route are some essentials. Know where you are going, don’t count on your tracks to lead you back to the starting point, if its snowing you may be lost. • Expect many weather conditions during your trip. Weather at high altitudes in the winter can change in a minute. • Food and water are essential, snowshoeing is a blast, but tiring. • Have fun!

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the great wide open | Cover stories | by Wendy Thibodeau


We Put Chainsaw Artist “The Machine” Jesse Green on the Chopping Block The first time I saw one of these amazing sculptures, I was blown away. I immediately thought of the ginormous pine tree in my front yard that when it’s windy, scares the heck out of me. I am terrified it will crash through my home and kill us all sleeping soundly in our beds. What would be a good solution instead of giant stump? How about a carving? A bear perhaps sitting happily in my front yard? I had to find out more information... I want to the only person on my road with a spectacular carving in their front yard! I had to get more information, see next page!

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the great wide open | Jesse Green

NEC: Where do you do your work? Do you work from life, from photographs or from imagination? MJG: If the stump is still in the ground I work on-site but for shows I go wherever and all other commissions I work from my studio here in Medway, MA. Everything is done from photos and imagination or just imagination depending on the project. NEC: This is a very unique skill, what inspired you to get into it? And how did you learn how to do it? MJG: Yeah, it’s fun! It’s definitely fun aaaaand I thought it would be which is what inspired me to get into it... So I just simply bought a chainsaw and started going to town on this log that I found. I taught myself. It’s been 14 years give or take and I’m still teaching myself every single time I pick up a saw. I LOVE it. NEC: Where does the wood come from? Could you just go to someone’s house, chop down a tree in their yard and start carving? Yup, that’s pretty much what I do! I just pick a house... Usually at random and I walk up to the door with my 4-ft chainsaw and my sunglasses and say; “Uhh, yeah... Hey... I’m 12 |

gonna take this here tree home with me. Is that cool?” haha -Really though, I can carve any stump, anywhere made out of anything that grows anywhere in this region if it tells me that wants to be carved. We talk it out. I am the stump whisperer. NEC: Have you ever been injured by a chainsaw? Knock on wood - Never. Not that it couldn’t happen one day... But as crazy as some of the stuff that I’ll do may look, I always know where my kick-back points are. The chainsaw and I are one (or whatever). haha Don’t try this at home. NEC: How long does an average size piece take from start to finish? A six-ft “Landmark Sculpture” I can rough out live for a crowd in just a few hours. After that it get’s taken back here to my studio where I’ll dedicate days to the detail carving and sanding before it goes into my finishing studio dubbed; “The Sculpture Factory” for painting or staining and sealing which can take quite a while. Especially since my waiting list has reached to nearly 50 projects at last count so I process my sculptures in bunches of 4-10 sculptures at a time. Most

importantly though, I’m never out to break a speed record on a project. I’m a perfectionist so... It isn’t done until it’s done. I didn’t come this far to have my good name mean anything less. NEC: With the life-threatening danger and challenge of this job, what keeps you so passionate about it? ...Ummm.... I don’t know? Good question. NEC: What is the most unique carving you have had a request for? Do you have a personal favorite; if so, why that piece? That’s a VERY hard question but one that springs to mind (because it was recent)

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Don’t try this at home was a commission from a couple in Wellesely, MA that I got to create my own version of Bacchus which is essentially a naked little-person riding on a giant turtle... Soooo I carved a naked little-person riding a giant turtle. They built a shrine for it, had an unveiling party, the whole bit. It was pretty funny. NEC: I have done some reading up on Ray Murphy, self described “Inventor of Chainsaw art” Have you had the chance to meet him? GREAT question- Actually, “The Wild Mountain Man” Ray Murphy is the guy who named my website! Funny story; I had JUST gone into business for myself and spent MONTHS building my website under the domain; WildMountainManArt thinking that I needed to have that woodsy-wood-carving schtick... But I had googled it before I did that- I mean I did

my research- There was NO other wild mountain man anything related to what I was doing on the web anywhere. So my website finally goes up and very shortly thereafter I get this book that I had ordered; The History of Chainsaw Carving [or something like that] and right there on page ONE is “The Wild Mountain Man” Ray Murphy, the guy who is possibly the inventor of chainsaw art?? I was bummed to say the least. So - the very next day I get a phone call just as I’m walking into my studio and the voice on the other end says; “Jesse!” ...Yes? “You do nice work.” ....Thanks. Who’s this? “This is The Wild Mountain Man.” ....And I said; “Haha. Brother, I literally just found out about you yesterday! And if you had called me up 3 days ago and said ‘Hey this is the Wild Mountain Man’ I would have told you to kiss off.” haha We talked for 2 hours, he’s super nice and what had happened was that he had just decided ‘hey - I better get down with this internet thing’, went on, googled himself and up I came. So at some point in the conversation he said to me: “Not for nothing but why not just call your website That seems perfect?!” And he was right! But Ray does a completely different thing than me. Different product, different show, we’re not competitors, we just share a love of chainsaws. NEC: You are substantial part of the world famous “Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show” that was featured on America’s Got Talent, what was that like? Going to Vegas and filming America’s Got Talent with the lumberjack show was an amazing experience! I learned soo much! And when it aired, we weren’t on very long but we were on and it was pretty damn cool. I like to say that somewhere in Kansas my mug flashed across the screen that night. haha Don’t be

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the great wide open Jesse Green




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fooled by the fact that we didn’t advance either because we blew the judges away! You can see for yourself in the video on my Press page on my website. There are many, many factors that play into who advances and production cost was most certainly a factor. You don’t even want to know how much America’s Got Talent spent to rent out the pool at the Palms just for us. No complaints though, I’ll always look back fondly on the whole thing. For a few glorious seconds I got to take control of an enormous, national television set and rip through a log with a screaming hot saw while pool side in Vegas. And it just doesn’t get much cooler than that in my book. NEC: What is Project Eco-Art Massachusetts? Project Eco Art MA is my labor-of-love, my mission to essentially cover the state in Chainsaw Sculpted landmarks, each one a unique reflection of what makes that particular town or city special. Usually something of historical significance. I get grants from the towns to do this but other towns sometimes fund it in other ways. It kicked off officially this year and has been a HUGE success thus far! I can’t wait to see what towns I’ll be in this year. NEC: You’re clearly pretty crafty, what other creative talents do you have? MJG: Hey — thanks, you’re super-sweet for saying that! As a matter of fact, I don’t mind telling you that my band, Fevah Dream has made quite the name for ourselves as well! We play all over New England. I think Ben Franklin said it best when he said: “Nobody in the entire history of man has ever left a Fevah Dream show feeling disappointed.” haha ...I’m the harmonica player by the way. NEC: Where can we see your work? MJG:

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Adventure Clinic Have you ever wondered what winter survival is? What about camp fire building & cooking? Want to learn more about tracking and map & compass? Have you ever ice fished? FEBRUARY SCHOOL VACATION WEEK Feb 22nd - Feb 25th (Tuesday - Friday) TIME: 9 am - 3 pm Spend some time with nature this Winter. Join the “Fun and Recreation” with Fin and Feather Sports at this four day Winter Outdoor Adventure Program. Ice Fishing f Snow shoeing f Hiking f Winter Survival f Fire Building Cooking over an open fire f Tracking f Map and Compass & more! Allparticipantswillneedtobringsuppliesforbeingintheoutdoors,additionto:Lunch,snackandwater daily,abackpackwith:Winterweathergear,hat,gloves,goodwinterbootsandachangeofclothes.Livebait and equipment supplied, Hot chocolate daily and hot lunch (pizza) on Friday included. For Ages 6 and Over.WeeklyFee(Tues-Fri)$200perchild.Thisprogramhasaminimumparticipantrequirementof24 (MAX 50). Enjoy this one week Clinic thisWinter for the Grafton recreation Department at the Grafton Lions Club — Register at the town Recreation Office*(2nd floor of the Grafton Municipal Center)


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blazin’ trails | Atv/Sledding/Hiking trails


Douglas State Forest Snowmobiling/Snow Shoeing trails Bordering both Connecticut and Rhode Island, this popular 5,907-acre state forest offers a variety of recreational opportunities. Visitors can enjoy swimming, boating and fishing at Wallum Lake and hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling on miles of woodland trails. Facilities include two pavilions, boat ramp, swimming beach, picnic area and restrooms. The Midstate Trail, a long-distance

hiking trail that extends through central Massachusetts to Mt. Watatic in the north, runs through the forest.

Park Directions:

From Northeast/Worcester: Take Rte 495 to Rte 290 West to end through Worcester. Rte 290W turns into Rte 395 South. Follow Rte 395 S to Exit #2 in Webster, Rte 16. Take a left onto Rte 16 East towards Douglas. Follow for 5 miles. Turn right onto Cedar St to STOP. Go straight through stop onto Wallum Lake Rd. Forest entrance is 1 mile on your right.

The forest is located off of Rte 16 in south central Massachusetts From the West: Take MASS PIKE east (Rte. I-90E) to exit #10 in Auburn. Take Rte 395 South to Exit #2, Rte 16. Take a left onto Rte 16 East and follow for 5 miles. Turn right onto Cedar St to STOP. Go straight through stop onto Wallum Lake Rd. Forest entrance is 1 mile on your right. From the East/Boston/Southeast: Take MASs PIKE west (Rte. I-90W) to exit #10A in Millbury. Take Rte 146 South to exit # 3, Rte 16. Take a right onto Rte 16 West through Douglas center, towards Sutton/ Webster. Turn left onto Cedar St to STOP. Go straight through stop onto Wallum Lake Rd. Forest entrance is 1 mile on your right.

Douglas State Forest also includes a rare example of Atlantic White Ceder swampland. A 5-acre portion of this swamp is designated as a Massachusetts Wildland. It is accessible to the public via a boardwalk trail.

From Northwest: Take Rte 2 East to exit #33 in Leominster, Rte190 South. Follow Rte 190S to end onto Rte 290 West in Worcester. Take Rte 290W to exit #12, Rte. 146 South. Follow Rte 146S to Exit #3, Rte 16. Take a right onto Rte 16 West through Douglas center, towards Sutton/Webster. Turn left at Cedar St to STOP. Go straight through stop onto Wallum Lake Rd. Forest entrance is 1 mile on your right.

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Hooked | Cool ice fishing spots


Big & SMall Turkey PonDs Concord, New Hampshire The season is here for ice fishing, ice skating and other winter sports that may find us wondering if it’s safe to venture onto a frozen pond or lake.

Little Turkey Pond, Concord, New Hampshire: The latitude and longitude coordinates for this reservoir are 43.1934, -71.5892 and the altitude is 325 feet (99 meters).

Here are a few guidelines for ice safety that could save your life. Common sense saves lives — be careful.

A wonderful snowshoeing and hiking path circle the ponds. This great spot, where St. Paul’s School protects much of the land on the east side, lies just outside of Concord. Though I-89 bisects the two ponds—and provides a fair amount of road noise—we still enjoyed paddling among the fractured granite boulders and tree-lined shores. Several tree-covered islands dot the waterways, adding to the ponds’ picturesque beauty.

Never assume the ice — on any body of water — is thick enough to support your weight. Check it! Start at the shoreline and, using an auger, spud or axe, make test holes at intervals as you proceed. As a rule of thumb, (for new, clear ice) there should be a minimum of 4 to 6 inches of ice to support a few, well-dispersed people; 6 to 7 inches for small, on-foot, group activities; and at least 8 to 10 inches for snowmobile activities. (Ice thickness recommendations are based on information from the Cold Regions Research Laboratory in Hanover, N.H.) If ice at the shoreline is cracked or squishy, stay off. Don’t go on the ice during thaws. Avoid honeycombed ice, dark snow and dark ice. Ice is generally thinner where there is moving water, such as at inlets and outlets, around wharves, bridge abutments, islands, and objects that protrude through the ice.

For a copy of Fish and Game’s brochure, “Safety on Ice,” call the Public Affairs Division at (603) 271-3211. 18 |

Cold facts about ice New ice is usually stronger than old ice. Four inches of clear, newly‑formed ice may support one person on foot, while a foot or more of old, partially‑thawed ice may not. Ice seldom freezes uniformly. It may be a foot thick in one location and only an inch or two just a few feet away. Ice formed over flowing water and currents is often dangerous. This is especially true near streams, bridges and culverts. Also, the ice on outside river bends is usually weaker due to the undermining effects of the faster current. The insulating effect of snow slows down the freezing process. The extra weight also

reduces how much weight the ice sheet can support. Also, ice near shore can be weaker than ice that is farther out. Booming and cracking ice isn’t necessarily dangerous. It only means that the ice is expanding and contracting as the temperature changes. Schools of fish or flocks of waterfowl can also adversely affect the relative safety of ice. The movement of fish can bring warm water up from the bottom of the lake. In the past, this has opened holes in the ice causing snowmobiles and cars to break through.

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cabin feva | Getting you out of the house


Stay overnight in a tipi (Secret Location)

School vacation is coming again in February. If you are like me at all, the honeymoon is over about the 4th day in on vacation. The kids are hitting each other, I can’t get anything done and we are just flat bored and have “Cabin Fever”. I found this little spot online and thought I would share, it seems very unique and I have never even entertained the thought of roughing it in a tipi, in the middle of the winter. This is not a tipi campground where you have other parties all around you either intruding on your peace and quiet or forcing you to stay quiet yourselves. This is a single tipi in a private wooded setting of 36 acres allowing you to get connected to nature, enjoy the serene setting, and have fun. The tipi is large — about 22 feet in diameter and 24 feet tall. It has a fire pit in the center of course to create that wonderful ambiance of an open, crackling fire. The comfortable furnishings consist of five (and a sixth one outside) 5-foot-long log “couches” — basically high-end benches. There are also several end tables. The tipi is equipped with long-handled retractable forks for easy marshmallow toasting, a grate for cooking, candles, and everything you need for building a fire. When you’re not enjoying the tipi, you are welcome to explore the 36 acres of private land, as well as the 250 acres of the very-close-by Hobbs Fern Sanctuary. You are unlikely to encounter any other humans while in the woods

but be prepared to meet deer, turkey, partridge, and even moose! About a quarter-mile above the tipi is a beautiful ridge providing gorgeous views out to the Presidential mountains and Franconia Ridge. Interesting boulders, mushrooms, wildflowers, ferns, raspberries, and blackberries are plentiful throughout the property. At Hobbs Fern Sanctuary there are about four miles of trails, including a Cliff Loop that first brings you along the base of a tall ledge and then up over its top. The sanctuary has two ponds and lots of pretty ferns and wildflowers. For those that are musically inclined, the tipi is a fun place to jam with acoustical instruments and have sing-alongs. In the evening as you’re falling asleep to the glow of the fire, you are likely to hear the barred owl hooting. It is a wonderful experience to doze to the sounds of nature and a crackling fire. Rental of djembe hand drums are available. If you wish to explore farther afield than the tipi’s private setting, the White Mountains of New Hampshire are nearby as are many hiking and walking opportunities both locally as well as in Vermont. The tipi is available for rental year-round, providing an opportunity for a winter-wonderland experience for those heartier souls. Both the private land and Hobbs Fern Sanctuary are excellent for snowshoeing.

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The tipi rental includes the following:

• Overview of the private 36 acres so that your explorations will be more directed if you wish them to be

• Use of the tipi and its furnishings • Firewood, kindling, and fire-starter materials • Useful information for staying at a tipi, including directions on how to start a fire • Use of a cooking grate, long-handled forks for marshmallow toasting, and a kettle for heating water for coffee, tea, or hot chocolate

• Trail information for accessing and walking at Hobbs Fern Sanctuary • Use of picnic tables at the tipi, at the pond, and at the view ridge • Information on local services such as convenience stores and restaurants

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Classifieds | Buy. classifieds Sell. Trade.

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home improvements Hardwood Flooring at great prices. Excellent references. Call Tim at Southern New England Hardwood today. 508-451-1243.

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