Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Wayback Machine: Extreme Wedging Means Having No Fun

Several years back I was asked to cut several dead trees endangering parking areas at a state office.  This stump is a shortleaf pine, and if you have ever cut pine trees in a tight planting project, you know the challenge.  This was a 60 segment tree, and you can see that it took 3 inches of wedging to make the tree fall.  That means that I wedged the top over about 15 feet before the tree fell.  This tree was nearly vertical, but pine trees tangle up in the crowns, and the neighbors were holding it up. No matter what kind of tree you are cutting, if you have to cut wooden shims to tip the log, you are doing some hard work with your hammer.

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