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Felling the big tree

Postby DucksinOR » March 27th, 2017, 5:04 pm

On Saturday my sister and I cut down a Giant Sequoia that was shading our garden. This is the first large tree we have ever cut down. The widest point on the trunk was 56" but we cut down a couple of the ridges so the widest point we cut through was only 52". That was a bit of a challenge with a 5 1/2 foot saw but we made it work. The back cut took a long time because we hit hidden knots. And just for perspective I'm 6'11" and my sister is 6'8". The tree fell beautifully and exactly where we aimed.
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Re: Felling the big tree

Postby DucksinOR » March 27th, 2017, 5:06 pm

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Re: Felling the big tree

Postby sumnergeo » March 27th, 2017, 5:44 pm

Wow!
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Re: Felling the big tree

Postby Jim_Thode » March 27th, 2017, 10:40 pm

Cool! In the day they would have used springboards and cut it off up about 12' to get past the swell and bark seams.
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Re: Felling the big tree

Postby PATCsawyer » March 28th, 2017, 5:16 am

Nice job! What did your neighbors think of your traditional tool selection? Did you buck it up with the same axe and saw?
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Re: Felling the big tree

Postby dayle1960 » March 28th, 2017, 2:22 pm

Oh my!!! Did you guys get into any legal trouble? I figured since Sequoyas are an almost endangered species that the nanny state do-gooders would have been throwing derisive epithets your way. In a way I'm OK with you taking down the tree, but in another way I am saddened that such a majestic tree was cut down. It is your tree and you have every right to cut it down, but I guess I'm saddened that it wasn't in a forest. If the tree was there then I'd have no problem.

Ah, heck. BTW, what did you do with the tree once it was on the ground? Did you have somebody come buy and cut it up for lumber?
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Re: Felling the big tree

Postby DucksinOR » March 28th, 2017, 5:03 pm

The neighbor on the tree side is a church so no one lives there but while we were making the undercut a bride and her bridesmaids where doing a photo shoot close by and asked if they could take pictures with the saw. We have not yet limbed it and bucked it but we plan on using the same tools (since I don't have a chainsaw).

As far as I know there is no legal protection of Giant Sequoias in Oregon. They aren't native and there are many planted all over western Oregon. We decided to take it out because it was shading the garden and it is the first in a row of tightly planted trees (the rest are Ponderosa Pine) that are dying because of waterlogged roots and not enough room to grow. They are so grown together that there is no safe way but to take them out starting at one end and working your way down. The tree had also lost it's top 2 times and there was some rot in the middle of the trunk (you can see it in the stump photos), so it was not healthy and could have become a safety hazard.

The tree will just be firewood. There is no market for Giant Sequoia wood it is really brittle and normally really knotty because they keep their lower branches for a long time. In fact, logging of Giant Sequoias was more limited than most large trees because they were so brittle that it wasn't unusual to loose 50% of the trunks to breakage.
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Re: Felling the big tree

Postby Jim_Thode » March 28th, 2017, 6:52 pm

You should have put the newly weds to work. Or maybe at the wedding??
From: http://www.southernbrideandgroom.com/lo ... -ceremony/
"An old German wedding custom, the tradition of cutting a log represents the first obstacle that the couple must overcome in their marriage. They must work together to “overcome the obstacle” by sawing through the log. Using a large, long saw with two handles, the couple demonstrates their teamwork to friends and family, and their willingness and ability to master the difficulties that inevitably arise in a marriage. Hopefully the log will not take too long to saw through!"

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