Had to have some trees cut down today. Too close to the house and power lines for me to be comfortable doing it. Only got to watch the sugar maple come down before having to get to a meeting. Guys weren't supposed to cut the trees up, but as I was leaving offered to. Figured what the heck. Of course, my 16 inch request was met with a +/- 8 inch variable. I'd rather have cut them up myself once I saw that. The back is a giant willow tree that dropped it's top third on my house causing significant damage during Sandy. I was going to have them chip it up, but my boss said he'd take it. Fine by me. I split up a few rounds of it just to see what it was all about....full of carpenter ants trying to stay warm for the winter. Mighty wet wood. Might keep a round or two for kindling or for the fire pit. Front right is a Sugar Maple. Hated to see this one go. Beautiful tree, but made it impossible to get a drilling rig in. Sap was pouring out of it. The tree crew actually would walk over and open their mouths underneath the fresh cut branches. Split up pretty easily, though I saved the knotty ones for a later date or if/when I rent a splitter. On the plus side, it's good firewood and I can get rid of those roots that like to run along the surface of the yard. Front left is a white ash tree. Reasonably small tree that also had to go for the drilling rig. I had planned on doing it myself, but after taking damage to that corner of the house (out of view) and it having a slight back lean, figured I'd just let the company do it. Stacked over near the porch is a Norway Maple ( some of it is mixed in with the rest, I just didn't feel like moving it). Not sure how good of firewood this is. Don't see on too many charts. Pretty dense wood though and I've got about a half cord of it split and stacked from March of this year. Got most of the ash and sugar maple split by hand this afternoon. Plan on moving the chippings to the flower beds and splitting the rest tomorrow....except the willow. I might quarter them to get them out of the yard, but I'm not putting too much work into it.