Felling a Large White Oak Tree

 

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It is mature!  Better Use It Or Lose It!

 

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Cutting the notch, low as I can go

 

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The tree is larger than the saw's bar, so I cut in from both sides

 

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One whack to knock out the wedge

 

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Bore out the tree and set one plastic wedge in the cut

 

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Cut out the other side of the tree

 

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One "crack" and its time to run

 

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The telltale blue stain shows there is fence wire in this old tree
I'll sawmill right through this 100 year old wire as the boards are more valuable than the band saw blade

 

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Time for a break

 

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Two nine foot logs and one eleven foot log

 

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This log is a heavy as I can lift and move with the prehauler

 

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Cutting up the top is the hard and dangerous part

 

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The three logs make a load.  I will quartersaw all these logs for flooring.

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