July 9, 2014

Like a Boss: Working with Wood in Washington

Proving yet again that if it's worth doing well it's worth hiring someone who knows how to do it.

Scott's Tree Service Regarding the tree falling video:

"No, the buildings were not slated for demo. I have insurance. The Service line was down and coiled on the deck to make room for the trees that were behind the location of the camera.

The deck was rotten and replaced by owner after we logged the lot. I talked to him about that ahead of time and he gave us the go ahead to dent the deck if we had to. The steps were the only damage.

"I hung plumb bobs from the eaves of each roof line to the ground and drove stakes there. Then I measured between the stakes and drove a third stake half way between the two.

"From this stake, I measured to each corner of my falling cut on the stump the exact same distance to each corner.

"I used a birdsmouth cut on the face so as to keep the tree on the hinge and stump all the way to the ground.

"The most important factor was that the tree was the straightest tree on the lot and the limbs were well balanced. By that I mean the limbs were the same size and weight all the way around the tree top, so when the tree began to fall, they didn't influence the cast or drift of the tree.

"The owner took the money from the log sale and remodeled with a new nicer deck, and the most awesome living room I have ever seen in an old mobile home." -- Scott's Tree Service

And then there's always "the other method:"

Best viewed with the sound turned up so you can hear the immortal words, "Oh shit. My house. My bedroom."


Posted by gerardvanderleun at July 9, 2014 9:10 AM
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Ok, that is just incredible. I cheered along with him.

Posted by: Leslie at July 9, 2014 11:14 AM

And conversely...


Posted by: tim at July 9, 2014 11:39 AM

Well, it just goes to show you. If a job's not worth doing, it's not worth doing right.

Posted by: chasmatic at July 9, 2014 1:08 PM

I have seen "a guy" do tricky drops of BIG pines that pretty much landed dead center on the styro coffee cup placed as the "target".
Same guy, 8" dia. tree, cut one that went 180 from the intended fell.
The potential damage was very low and it was a "favor" drop. Of COURSE he's still getting crap for THAT one, but he's still first on the "A" list for potential "Oh, crap" drops.

Posted by: CaptDMO at July 9, 2014 1:55 PM

OK, watched the first one.
I'm fairly sure the hallelujah at the end is in thanks to his higher power in allowing his butt to unpucker after that first... "crick".
You can just tell it's PROBBABLY going to go well just by the way he "places" the wedges...just so.

Posted by: CaptDMO at July 9, 2014 2:05 PM

mistakes were made

Posted by: Cletus Socrates at July 10, 2014 8:08 PM

I've seen loggers fell trees and have been a spectator at a few tree fallings. That first one is as pretty a piece of work as I've ever seen. Some of those Doug Fir will fool you and twist on their way down

The second one, well I guess you get what you pay for.

Posted by: Teri Pittman at July 12, 2014 2:03 PM