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A few trees that I cut down this last week for firewood. I only cut down 4 trees, the photo file names are the order in which I loaded them on the trailer.
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Notching a tree
Notching a tree
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Felled tree
Felled tree
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I was making a bit of a jungle, so I left one of the four trees standing until I got the others cleaned up.
I was making a bit of a jungle, so I left one of the four trees standing until I got the others cleaned up.
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Felled a dead tree today with a chainsaw as a Boot.
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Tree to fell
Tree to fell
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Notch cut
Notch cut
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Jack for safety
Jack for safety
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Timber!
Timber!
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Size
Size
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To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- drop 6” to 8” dead tree with a chainsaw.
- Trees larger than 8" diameter are ok if that's what your woodland care plans require to be cut

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 - Your chosen tree to cut
 - Action shot about half way through felling the tree showing your wedge/notch cut completed
 - Fallen tree
 - Measurement across the stump showing the diameter

I have a dead box elder tree on the corner of my property near my chicken run. Before it came down and caused any damage, I figure I would get ahead of the curve on a calm day. Christmas Eve was the ticket! I cut the wedge and the tree slid down to the ground and stood against the bigger tree. I did another cut about midway and the top swing down and laid on the brush pile. I ended up limbing it up, I was hoping to salvage some wood but most of the log length was rotted. I think this will end up in some kind of huegal project.
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Small Dead Tree on a Rotting Stump
Small Dead Tree on a Rotting Stump
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Wedge
Wedge
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The top of the tree got caught on the nearby tree. Did another quick cut in the middle and it came straight down easy peasy.
The top of the tree got caught on the nearby tree. Did another quick cut in the middle and it came straight down easy peasy.
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Look at that rot. Was a time bomb.
Look at that rot. Was a time bomb.
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Several aleppo pines have died after a one year drought (240mm in 2023).

My frirst ever tree cutting had to be an easy one.

Since this one had grown in diagonal, there was no doubt about its trajectory.

It had a much larger bark than expected with external carbon marks from the 1985 fire.

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Choosen
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Wedge
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Fallen
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Measure (cm)
Measure (cm)
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I've never actually cut a tree down before, but we need firewood and there are plenty of burned ones that need clearing so I thought I'd go for it.

This one seems a likely candidate.



The bark is all black and sooty from the fire in August.



Cutting the notch.



There. One notch.

Not exactly a work of art, but hey...



Final cut is happening.



OK so the notch is more of a botch, and the back cut is kinda sloping.

But I'm still rather pleased with myself.

Just a teeny bit more to go...



Dunnit!



Close, but 6" is 15.24 cm, so I think it counts. If you include the bark...


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