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The stuff
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There's a mimosa tree that keeps blocking my driveway.  They're an invasive species so I don't have much compunction about cutting it down.







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Here's my live tree drop.
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Live tree standing
Live tree standing
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Girth
Girth
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Doing the cut
Doing the cut
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Tree down
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Clearing some trees and had an opportunity to take some pics.
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Cherry tree to cut
Cherry tree to cut
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Notch cut
Notch cut
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Tree felled
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Here is my submission for the Woodland Care - Sand - Drop a Live Standing Tree Manually BB.

While at Wheaton Labs for BB20, I consulted with Josiah on a tree that needed felling.  We selected an 8" live tree that is south of the Wofati Greenhouse and will provide unwanted shade when the greenhouse is finished.  I was excited to try out the Silky Katanaboy saw for this project.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
 - chosen tree to cut - my hand is on the selected tree.  The timber tool is leaning on the bigger tree behind it.
 - Action shot
 - Wedge cut and timber tool in place ready for back cut
 - Fallen tree

working with hand tools gives me a new appreciation for power tools!
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Selected tree will shade greenhouse
Selected tree will shade greenhouse
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Action Shot
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Wedge Cut finished and Timber Tool placed
Wedge Cut finished and Timber Tool placed
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Fallen tree
Fallen tree
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Diameter of Tree
Diameter of Tree
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Fun fact.  In the stone age, a family group (15-20 people) was able to clear roughly 3 acres of forest per year using stone axes (the figure given was a century to clear half a square mile).
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Diameter
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I cut down my first tree!

I need wood for a trellis, and this thing is getting big. First I de-limbed the lower branches


Then made a wedge cut on one side


Then lots of sawing on the other side. Way too much sawing, because I kept sawing at the wrong angle


finally got the tree over


cedar tree is THICK at the base!


fallen tree, about to be taken over as a temporary playground by my kids
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