Limbing a tree is removing the side limbs from the main trunk of a felled tree.
This is very easy on smaller trees that are light weight with small branches, and can be done with loppers or a hatchet. It can get much more difficult on larger trees though, where a chainsaw is needed, and their heavier weight can create built up pressure spots, and branches can swing back and hit the person cutting.
Green trees are especially easy to peel and carve. Green trees are also good for the sawmill.
When selecting a tree to drop, select a tree from a spot that has too many trees and/or the tree has a defect (so we don't want it to have baby defective trees). If the tree is a nice looking tree, but is crowded, take a smaller tree.
This video shows a quick process of limbing a larger tree. The first cut can be made a few feet from the trunk to take pressure off from a large branch. Then for bigger limbs, where the branch meets the trunk, a small cut can be made on the underside of the branch to relieve pressure, and then the main cut can be made from the top next to the trunk to remove the branch.
This video goes over a lot of the safety precautions in detail and more demonstrations of limbing larger trees.
Be safe when using hand tools and using chainsaws, be aware of your surroundings and potential pressure points, work at your own risk, and enjoy cutting stuff!
To get certified for this BB, post the following pics.
- Your 4 trees before they are limbed
- Your 4 trees after they are limbed