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I felled a dead tree using a bow saw!

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Tree on the ground!
Tree on the ground!
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Sawing action
Sawing action
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Stump diameter
Stump diameter
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Wedge cut
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Standing dead tree
Standing dead tree
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Hello!

I cut down a ~6 inch dead tree with a bow saw.
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Dead tree far away.
Dead tree far away.
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Dead tree close up.
Dead tree close up.
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Cutting shot with wedge.
Cutting shot with wedge.
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Fallen tree. It was on a steep hill that we were clearing.
Fallen tree. It was on a steep hill that we were clearing.
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Measuring the stump after it rained.. ~6 inches.
Measuring the stump after it rained.. ~6 inches.
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Hello!

I cut down a ~6 inch dead tree with a bow saw.
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Dead tree far away.
Dead tree far away.
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Dead tree close up.
Dead tree close up.
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Cutting shot with wedge.
Cutting shot with wedge.
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Fallen tree. It was on a steep hill that we were clearing.
Fallen tree. It was on a steep hill that we were clearing.
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Measuring the stump after it rained.. ~6 inches.
Measuring the stump after it rained.. ~6 inches.
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Does a tree like this count? (Foreground center in pic). It’s about eight inches across but it’s only 13’ up to where it previously broke off. The vast bulk of my dead trees are 3” birch and aspen and the only ones bigger than 6” that I’m finding are either like the one pictured or much too big for my equipment and beginner skills.
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I'm sorry, I don't think that really counts.  Maybe if it was more like 20' tall?  Kind of an edge case.  

Do you have a neighbor or friend with a dead tree you can just drop?
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:Do you have a neighbor or friend with a dead tree you can just drop?



I found one that should qualify by walking around off the trails I inherited. And my bow saw experience was much better than the live maple I took down last week.
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Dead tree. (It turns out, two of them are dead, but I didn’t realize when I got started.)
Dead tree. (It turns out, two of them are dead, but I didn’t realize when I got started.)
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You can see the bitch on the left and I’ve gotten almost through from the right.
You can see the bitch on the left and I’ve gotten almost through from the right.
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Felled, from the top(ish).
Felled, from the top(ish).
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Two felled from the stump.
Two felled from the stump.
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7” — That’s a little bit of an angle so it’s probably only 6 1/2 inches.
7” — That’s a little bit of an angle so it’s probably only 6 1/2 inches.
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I've got a bunch of axe work pictures to put up. There are plenty of these willow leaved hakea on my property that I need to remove as they outcompete everything else and are designed to break and overwhelm all the other plant life. I usually limb them in place with a milwaukee pistol grip saber saw (until I save up enough money to buy a katanaboy) to minimise the damage to surrounding seedlings that I am trying to encourage. This tree in particular has been there for a while and without it's branches was starting to decay and I wanted the other tree for another project so I took this one out at the same time.
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Here's a picture of the 2 trees I cut down one was dead the other alive.
Here's a picture of the 2 trees I cut down one was dead the other alive.
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Here is the first cut it wasn't that pretty and I would've gone further in but it was starting to rot so the fibres weren't chopping well.
Here is the first cut it wasn't that pretty and I would've gone further in but it was starting to rot so the fibres weren't chopping well.
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To give you an idea of the size of the tree.
To give you an idea of the size of the tree. (before I cut it down)
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Here you can see diameter of the trunk 200mm is 7.8 inches roughly the third picture shows the tree standing.
Here you can see diameter of the trunk 200mm is 7.8 inches roughly the third picture shows the tree standing.
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I came across this dead/dying tree based on the visible rot and bark falling off, and decided to fell it for future RMH fuel:
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Picking the tree
Picking the tree
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Wedge cut out
Wedge cut out
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Timber!
Timber!
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About 8"
About 8"
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More firewood gathering today, The clear skies and cool weather make it a treat this time of year. I decided to fell this dead standing larch with the bowsaw to see if I could do it. This was ambitious for the bowsaw and it was A LOT of work, really helped me appreciate the chainsaw for sure! A little help from Mr. Wedge and I got through and fell right where I wanted it! Should make some nice firewood.
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Here is the tree
Here is the tree
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Action shot
Action shot
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Wedge cut
Wedge cut
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Almost through!
Almost through!
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Down
Down
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Stump
Stump
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At the BB20 event at WL, Trent dropped a 7" dead standing tree with a bow saw.  Special thanks to Mike for his instruction and guidance.
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