Green trees are especially easy to peel and carve. Green trees are also good for the sawmill.
Felling trees is not something you should attempt on a whim. Proper tree selection and safety planning need to be included in your preparation. There are many videos out there that show good and bad practices. If they are sponsored by a chainsaw company you can be pretty sure they are showing good practices. Searching YouTube for "Idiots with chainsaws" will also give you some good ideas of what NOT to do. This is actually a good thing to check because it's hard to always understand the problems that poor practices can lead to.
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.
To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- drop 6” to 8” live tree with a chainsaw
To document your completion of the BB, provide the following:
- picture of tree with the wedge notch cut
- picture of tree on the ground
- Trees larger than 8" diameter are ok if that's what your woodland care plans require to be cut
I just happened to have the pictures so I posted them, but in retrospect it was good to show how this could easily be done. I am glad my pictures could be a real-world, real member of Permies example of how to complete a task. Thanks...I feel I have given a little back for all permies have given me!
Well, I did this, and I am still alive. And glad that I did it. We learned a lot. A. Lot. A friend had a tree that was blocking a lot of sun and I said I would help. Luckily, the tree wasn't too big, plus it had three stems, which we cut starting with the smallest and on up. The mistake we made with the small stem wasn't a big deal, and by the time we tackled the main trunk, we knew a little more. And did I mention that no one died?!
I think I knocked this one out today. Mid sized tamarack, about 9" at the cut, in the way of another bigger tree that will be dropped in the future (dying white pine). It's the tree in the middle of the first picture with an orange ribbon on it.
"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"
My first chainsaw use ever... another tool on the future needed tools list! The BB says we only need the wedge cut and dropped tree pics, but i took a close up of the hinge after getting praise on it from Fred...lol
This is a pretty large birch tree that I needed to remove. The first picture is the tree. The next is just a picture of my old saw. Third picture is the tree before cutting, but after removing some others that were in the way, including an Autumn Olive that cost mey some skin later. I actually cut down a half dozen trees that morning, but I used pictures of this one to show my mistake. I made my crosscut for my wedge far too low. I don't want to include pictures of only things that go right, I think it's important to see mistakes as well. The last picture is the stump after taking the tree down.
During the ATC, I cut down a live tree with a chainsaw. Before this I had never cut down a large tree, only smaller ones < 4" diameter. We used a cool tool which leaned at a 45 degree angle or so, digging teeth into the tree and foot into the ground which really felt like it improved the safety of the situation. It seems to be called a tree jack. Once you have your notch cut, you cut the other direction but not all the way, then you push it over with the winch on the tree jack. It looks like this: (no affiliation) https://www.amazon.com/LOGOSOL-FELLING-LIFTING-ARBORIST-FORESTRY/dp/B06VSW3YMS
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