There are quite a few times when felling a tree (or trees) is appropriate and necessary: for clearing land to build on, a road, create pasture or field. The trees that are cut down are cut into pieces for lumber or firewood, the smaller branches are brought to the animal pen—-they love to nibble off all the bark, which is good for them and saves us time: the branches dry more quickly and soon can be hauled to the bread oven or sauna with the rest of the twigs and brush!
All Farmer Training Participants learn the basics of using a chainsaw and felling a tree—especially all the safety precautions.
This summer we got some great practice clearing a site for the new barn:
Tying on the guide rope—-to pull the cut tree down in the right direction. Note: most people are wearing hard hats
Getting ready to “HEAVE!” and pull the tree down….
Don’t stand THERE Tom!!!!
(Tom moved out of the way) and the tree is down!