Why can't the free ever be easy work?

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Danno77

Minister of Fire
Oct 27, 2008
5,008
Hamilton, IL
Neighbor had two trees taken down a couple of days ago. Mine for the taking. Pretty big too, but why aren't the free trees ever 18" and about 100ft straight up? Why do they have to be mostly one giant crotch that is 3 feet through? and why is the straightest run in any substantial branch about 9 inches long before it makes a 45 degree turn?

Oh, the things we do as scroungers....
 

smokinj

Minister of Fire
Aug 11, 2008
15,980
Anderson, Indiana
anymore I just noodle through any crouch or anything else that may cause problems down the line,because I am the end of the line. lol
 

m0jumb0

New Member
Aug 1, 2008
109
Middle TN
smokinjay said:
anymore I just noodle through any crouch or anything else that may cause problems down the line,because I am the end of the line. lol

yeah I noodled a really big one for the first time the other day, and I now see why they call it "noodling" lol
 

myzamboni

Minister of Fire
May 22, 2007
1,071
Silicon Valley
Because if it was easy, it would get processed and sold. I love gnarly pieces when they burn. Twisted, wavy-grained wood burns longer.
 

Tony H

Minister of Fire
Oct 24, 2007
1,156
N Illinois
I hear you this spring I went out to pu a tree and the guy says some of the family took some it that ok ? well when I went out the smallest piece was about 3' tall and 3' wide ! I had to split every one of the 9 giant rounds into at least 4 just to roll it onto the trailer
 

gzecc

Minister of Fire
Sep 24, 2008
4,837
NNJ
Rule # 1 with wood scavaging, the best wood goes first. If your late you get the rotted crotches.
 

smokinj

Minister of Fire
Aug 11, 2008
15,980
Anderson, Indiana
gzecc said:
Rule # 1 with wood scavaging, the best wood goes first. If your late you get the rotted crotches.

lol
 

smokinj

Minister of Fire
Aug 11, 2008
15,980
Anderson, Indiana
m0jumb0 said:
smokinjay said:
anymore I just noodle through any crouch or anything else that may cause problems down the line,because I am the end of the line. lol

yeah I noodled a really big one for the first time the other day, and I now see why they call it "noodling" lol

yep I hear lol We call it HP baby! thats "horse power"
 

Corey

Minister of Fire
Nov 19, 2005
2,606
Midwest
I hear ya - I'm still waiting for that one day when I get to cut a 'specimen' tree, actually yell 'Timberrrrrrr...' and watch it come crashing to the ground. Most everything I get into is already on the ground, half blown over or such a scraggly tree the 'felling' is more like getting it to tip at a 45º angle, cutting off a bunch of limbs and letting it fall a little closer to the ground, more limbs, closer, more limbs and it finally falls the last 4' to the ground.
 

smokinj

Minister of Fire
Aug 11, 2008
15,980
Anderson, Indiana
cozy heat said:
I hear ya - I'm still waiting for that one day when I get to cut a 'specimen' tree, actually yell 'Timberrrrrrr...' and watch it come crashing to the ground. Most everything I get into is already on the ground, half blown over or such a scraggly tree the 'felling' is more like getting it to tip at a 45º angle, cutting off a bunch of limbs and letting it fall a little closer to the ground, more limbs, closer, more limbs and it finally falls the last 4' to the ground.

lol I am a little jumpy to yell anything until it hits the ground.
 

firefighterjake

Minister of Fire
Jul 22, 2008
19,450
Unity/Bangor, Maine
I like big wood . . . big wood = lots of wood . . . just a little more heavy lifting.
 

firefighterjake

Minister of Fire
Jul 22, 2008
19,450
Unity/Bangor, Maine
cozy heat said:
I hear ya - I'm still waiting for that one day when I get to cut a 'specimen' tree, actually yell 'Timberrrrrrr...' and watch it come crashing to the ground. Most everything I get into is already on the ground, half blown over or such a scraggly tree the 'felling' is more like getting it to tip at a 45º angle, cutting off a bunch of limbs and letting it fall a little closer to the ground, more limbs, closer, more limbs and it finally falls the last 4' to the ground.

Sounds like me . . .

Seems like I either have days where the trees fall right where I want to go every time with no hang ups . . . or I get a day when I pinch the saw, hang up every other tree and question whether or not I will make it out of the woods alive and in one piece.

Yelling "Timber" is a lot of fun . . . not so fun when you get a hang up and yell "Timmmmmm-- oh crap!" ;) :)
 

drdoct

Feeling the Heat
Jan 24, 2008
431
Griffin, GA
The saying...
Nothing in life is free....
Think about how much work you've done for 'free' things the next time your politician says the word and you'll be aware of how much they lie.
 
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