Felling a Giant Redwood with an Axe and a Crosscut Saw

I have a (not very sharp) felling axe. I have never used it. My wife believes that should I do so I could do myself permanent irreversible damage. My brother Sean and sister-in-law Sabine recently drove to Leggett to drive through the Chandelier Tree there.

Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree at Leggett

Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree at Leggett

Look at it … can you imagine cutting it down with just an axe and a crosscut saw? Well, that’s what they used to do. Have a peek at these photos I have collected from various sources on the Internet. They amaze me.

Falling a Giant Redwood

Falling a Giant Redwood

Half a tree makes a train load

Half a tree makes a train load

Starting the undercut

Starting the undercut

About to start

About to start

Bucking a redwood

Bucking a redwood

 

Fallen tree in Avenue of the Giants

Fallen tree in Avenue of the Giants

Large coastal redwood - location unknown

Large coastal redwood – location unknown

Peeled redwood

Peeled redwood

Starting the undercut

Starting the undercut

Undercut complete

Undercut complete