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  • Fiddler's Avatar
    6 Minutes Ago
    Flipper
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  • stig's Avatar
    11 Minutes Ago
    Mick, my apprentices have been told that to the point where they vomit if I say it again. I do a lot of stuff tied in twice, because I deem it safer. But I absolutely demand that apprentices, who don't have the saw skills, or in fact any other skills, to make tying in once safer, be tied in twice. He didn't make a single mistake. He made 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In one tree. Yet survived even though I imagine he has to be pretty careful about what he eats. I guess that could be seen as proof of the existence of a God of fools:lol: The reason I'm callous about it, is that I absolutely hate the fact that fucking up like that and surviving, made him a hero of sorts in arbo circles here. Hate it!
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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    15 Minutes Ago
    Great post, Stig...good info...good stories.
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  • Altissimus's Avatar
    17 Minutes Ago
    Nice story
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  • Mick!'s Avatar
    18 Minutes Ago
    You’re getting soft Stig! I cannot be so callous about it, it can happen to me, you or anyone. Reducing the risk by following the right way to do stuff reduces it of course, but trees are capricious. It’s funny but you know every day I climb I think about Butch “once is none, twice is one” every frickin’ day.
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  • stig's Avatar
    29 Minutes Ago
    Sean, we are talking parallel to each other, I think. You said that trees suffered from internal stress that was dangerous to the cutter when we took of weight in their crown. That is what I've been going on about since. Now you are talking about something entirely different. The chain below is because a famous ( For being a real he-man) Danish logger arbo, cut a beech and got badly hurt when it split down. Lost 11 meters of his small intestine. He managed to fuck up 3 times on one job: He had a thing going , where he'd top out trees in the forest for a fixed ( Way the fuck too low) price if the forest district could get 10 trees together. Went in alone to do a topping job ( Robert, this is mistake #1) Took a codominant leader out, while being tied in in the " circle of death" ( Robert, this is mistake # 2) His climbing rope was too short, so he had to clip out and fall 6 meters in order to reach the ground. ( Robert, this is mistake # 3) Crawled back to his car and drove to the nearest hospital. This was before the advent of cell phones and easy help. For some obscure reason, he became a hero in the Danish arbo circle. Sot of: "Man, he is one tough son of a bitch to survive that." To me he is a complete idiot, who should have died, had there been any justice. Interesting sub story: Last year Richard and I were taking out a really nasty large, Fomes fomentarium infected beech for the State Forestry service. They wanted ( as always) the stem left for habitat. Only reason we agreed to do it was a nearby tree to tie into. We'd set a line in that tree and I was just about to go up, when a speed talking lady and a bunch of young kids ( 20+.........anything below 40 is young to me today) came up. Turned out to be a class of arborists from the forestry school, on a hazard tree course with Iben Margrethe Thomsen, our foremost expert in wood decaying fungus. She is in the genius+ class. A most amazing person. So she asked if they could watch, and we went through a whole spiel about what we did and why. I was tied in with a cable tie, as breakaway on my lanyard, so I could just drop that nasty top in one and if it went pear shaped, break out and swing away. I was telling the kids about the circle of death, and one of them said, "That is what got my dad." Turned out, he was the youngst son of the above mentioned idiot. I just told him that I knew about his dad's accident and that it had made me appreciate the dangers of splitting trees more. No reason to tell him, I consider his dad a moron.
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    48 Minutes Ago
    Two is one... one is none.
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  • SeanKroll's Avatar
    49 Minutes Ago
    Found what I was looking for... http://www.treebuzz.com/forum/threads/split-spar-suprise.18061/
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  • SeanKroll's Avatar
    50 Minutes Ago
    Is it a much different to have a stem suddenly pulled down with huge force, versus, a huge downward force being suddenly relieved, effectively "unbending" the stem, changing the loading within? Maybe it doesn't make sense, but spars tend to crack and split on other people, too, with good cutting techniques.
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  • SeanKroll's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    http://www.treebuzz.com/forum/threads/snap-crackle-pop-big-leaf-maple.18190/
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  • SeanKroll's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    We are talking hard-leaning trees, right? Not slightly leaning trees. Have you seen the video of Gord in a Bigleaf Maple, from a long time ago, with the stem-split? I'm trying to find it. Why do you chain below your cuts, not just above?
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  • Levi's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Levi replied to a thread Word Association Game in Odds and Ends
    Starfish
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  • stig's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    That is not what it was about. It was about you claiming that trees suffered internal stresses that could be a danger to the cutter, when we took weight off the top. Or maybe my understanding of English has deteriorated badly:lol:
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  • Fiddler's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    My Sister and I were both adopted (from different families at different times) through an orphanage/agency. We've both met biological family members...myself: ten or so half brothers & sisters (two of which I went to school with before we found out)...Sis is friends with her biological mother.
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  • stig's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    stig replied to a thread Word Association Game in Odds and Ends
    asshole
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Stig, you need to check out the latest Vince Vaughn flick I posted the the new movies thread.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    I use it mostly from the ground. But occasionally from the bucket. It's good for the bushier trees where the brush can just fall. I also use it and a throwline to do some rigging that's just out of reach. You'd be surprised how much roof clearance you can do just by being on the roof with a pp and good throwline skills.
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  • FireFighterZero's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Yowsa! That is a hell of a story! My folks had to send letters to my birth mom as kind of an "interview" process. She was able to choose between several "applicants". She also sent a picture of her when she was pregnant with me. She was holding my 2 year old brother in the picture. Honestly, if I never find out I will be fine. I have a great family. I would however like to meet my brother.....and would like to find out some health history. Things I should be looking out for.
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  • stig's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    What a let down! I thought they subsidized you for not using fosstle fuel.
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  • stig's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Sounds like the kind of guy who needs his arms broken. in several places. My x-wife was adopted. Her , for lack of a better term " birth mother" was only 15 when she got pregnant. Wife was adopted by a single woman, who should never have been able to adopt, according to how things were done back then, but they bend the rules for her, because she was a medical doctor. She was also completely unfit to be a mother of any kind, and managed to fuck my x up beyond repair, mentally. Imagine, as a teenager, any time you acted up ( Which teenagers are wont to do) being told that it was because you were a " Gutter child" I've spent 30 years living with the fall-out from that. MIL died the week I started courting,( To use an oldfashioned term) my x-wife. If she hadn't, I would probably have pushed her in front of a train "accidentally" We are very much anti adoption, x-wife and I. Be better to kill the kids. You seem to present a different story, though. Anyway, x-wife spent literally her whole life frittering around, thinking about trying to get in contact with her " Birth mother" but could never get around to actually taking the step. I finally told her when she was 60 years old to shit or get off the pot, because if she waited any longer her " Birth mother" (please give me a better word) would be too old and decrepit for anything good to come out of meeting her. That didn't make her do it, but 3 months later she got a letter from a half sister, who had tracked her down. So we eventually found her " Birth mother" who turned out to be a great gal, who just had a habit of getting into bed and marriage with the wrong men. She also turned out to have lived her entire life about 3 miles from us. We've probably seen her multiple times in the local general store. I really liked her a lot and we got to enjoy her company for a few years before she died of cancer. Meant a lot to x-wife, meant a gigantic amount to "Birth mother". There is a wooden cross on the local church graveyard, handcrafted in Burma teak ( Hell, that cross will last longer than the church) by me, marking her grave. Since I refuse to enter churches or any other places tainted by the christian religion, that should tell you, how much I liked her. There is a twist to the story that I won't tell here. PM me if you want it.
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  • DMc's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    And I would like to see your set up also. Too many people have built around us in the last few years and we miss the solitude.
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