Full story is I wasn’t clear on the requirements before I went out to do the work. I fell on my ass trying to get the wedge out with an old saw and slid down into the creek, got fed up and just moved on to the back cut. Clearly does not meet the requirements, but I am just getting the hang of posting for bbs, so decided to post for educational purposes.
"Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup." - Wendell Berry
I've cut down lots of trees, living and dead, but this is the first I took down with a bow saw. It was an old dead apple tree, that was dangerous to leave up. Most of its branches had already broken of in the wind.
I used that same $1, 24 inch Fiskars saw I used in my other post. It's on the small side for taking down a tree of this size but it's what i have.
I cut a burnt dead tree on the lab at Wheaton Labs today. Use a bow saw for the bottom of the notch, Leif's axe for the rest of the wedge and a bow saw for the back cut. I kind of like chainsaws better but the axe was kind of cool...
"Hundreds of years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the type of car I drove... But the world may be different because I did something so bafflingly crazy that it becomes a tourist destination"