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I think I got lucky

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Cross Cut Saw, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. Cross Cut Saw

    Cross Cut Saw Feeling the Heat

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    I saw this tree in my front yard had started to lean a little, then I noticed a few mushrooms growing out of the bottom of it after a hard rain.

    Decided to have it taken down and this is what the base looked like.
    2013-10-05 10.07.31.jpg
    The tree was a maple about 30' tall, I don't know how it didn't fall over.
    Splitting those bottom rounds was like splitting a wet cork.
    2013-10-05 16.54.08.jpg
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  2. Gark

    Gark Minister of Fire

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    Did it still have growing leaves on it even with the core so punked out? Amazing. Good thing you had it taken down. When you cut through that fluffy stuff, ya think - "wow I have a super-saw!" it slices through the log so fast. But then it's "oh, rats - it's only punky wood."
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  3. Cross Cut Saw

    Cross Cut Saw Feeling the Heat

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    Yes, it did still have leaves. It was obviously not doing spectacularly well, but I originally thought I would have it professionally pruned, until I saw the mushrooms...
    This is what it looked like this morning:
    2013-10-05 08.13.03.jpg
    This is what it looked like this afternoon:
    2013-10-05 10.12.45.jpg
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  4. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    Probably did the right thing. Leaning towards the house and all..
  5. JOHN BOY

    JOHN BOY Minister of Fire

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    wow ..thats amazing .._g
  6. Applesister

    Applesister Minister of Fire

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    By the looks of the trunk not much live tree left. Its amazing there was a pretty healthy crown. Just goes to show the tree could already be dead but not show it.
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  7. Cross Cut Saw

    Cross Cut Saw Feeling the Heat

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    We've had high winds (for our area) all day, I'm glad we cut her down or I'm sure she'd be on the house by now and we'd be footing the bill to have the power lines run to the house again...
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    That's honestly amazing to me. You wouldn't think the trunk or base of the tree would look like that from the inside by just viewing it from the outside. Thanks for the pics!
  9. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    Good timing. Looks close to the house. Did you drop it whole or climb and cut?

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