Sunday, July 24, 2011

Tree Falling

We had a large Fir tree on the side of our property that was leaning towards our neighbors new pole barn.  Our neighbor on the other side is an Axe Man Logger. I say that with tongue in cheek because although he really is a logger, he was only on the TV show for about 3 minutes.  Anyway, my husband keeps Axe Man's lawn mower running and as payment Axe Man takes care of our little forest. We are by far on the winning end of that deal!  We enjoy our trees and try to respect and care for them, HOWEVER, trees are not for hugging.  God gave us trees for many reasons and they are a renewable resource.  This tree will keep us warm in the cold winter months ahead.  We don't normally take our trees down for firewood, but this tree had become a liability and had to go, so we will not waste it.  But let it be known I am not an environmentalist, nor will I ever be.  Nuff said.




See the tall skinny tree way out there?  That used to be a very full Fir tree.  Axe Man limbed it about a month ago.  I've never seen such a pile of limbs.  And of course we had to move them all.




Here he is making his way up the tree to take the top off. He climbs like a monkey!  It is amazing :)  Now you can get an idea of how tall that tree is.  He is a full grown man, probably around 5'7" or so.
 He's got a fun sense of humor too.  All the time he's climbing that tree he's singing the blues about having had too much Jack Daniels the night before! 





His chain saw is tied to his waist, you can see it hanging down below him as he climbs.




He's up there somewhere at the end of that rope!



And "timberrrrrrr"!

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He took off two more sections totalling 14' and then fell the rest of the tree.




The top measured out at 37', the two sections that came next were 14', and the rest  of the tree measured 62" long, for a total of 113'.  (And 10' 7" around at the base).  Good sized tree. 


Thanks for stopping by!

Red

9 comments:

  1. I miss the PNW. All that tall beautiful green.

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  2. Way back when, as a young man, I worked for a while for Simpson Timber Company. Seen a few fall. Miss it.

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  3. Amazing photo's! We took down a Bradford pear this winter. I was shocked at how much wood there was. Somehow when the tree is "up" it looks smaller than when it does once it's down.

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  4. Really awesome pictures..and yes you do have the better end of the deal with Axe Man.

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  5. That guy has real courage. I went through the Army's airborne school at Benning in the early seventies, but I'd never climb up a tree like that! If I want a big tree taken down, I just have to have at it and let it fall. Then I cut it up for firewood if it's the right kind of wood.

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  6. Too bad the greenie-weenies, as my husband calls them, have given "environmentalist" such a bad connotation. I like to think of myself as concerned about the environment, and conservative with resources. But I won't be chaining myself to a tree any time soon.

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  7. Kris,
    I agree. Where we live there are thousands of "green-weenies" giving everyone else a bad name. Our elected officials are mostly GW's too, so there is no hope for common sense in this place.

    Thanks for your comment.
    Red

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  8. Everything ok at your homestead, Red? Been awhile since you posted.

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  9. Arsenius, thanks for asking. We just got back from our annual camping trip with our 10 year old granddaughter. I will try to get something posted soon.

    Blessings,
    Red

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