Sunday, February 19, 2017

Remember the Oak that Fell?

We're finally getting to work on its removal.

Of course, all the rain has not helped speed matters along.

And then, there was the issue of the insurance company needing to make a determination on what it would cover.  I suppose it is a good thing that the tree smashed up the fence and blew up the patio Brett built around its base... property damage meant we qualified for some assistance.

Brett has a small chain saw that he uses for projects like fence building.  For his birthday, I bought him a big chainsaw -- for cutting oak trees.

The tree service sent out three guys with massive chain saws and a chipper.  The spent an entire day cutting up the tree and will come back in a week or so and spend another day.  Brett said that they had a lot of trouble cutting the trunk; their chain saws kept getting stuck.

When they finished working that first day, there was wood everywhere.

Today, Brett spent the morning loading pieces into his tractor bucket and making piles of logs around the pasture.  Eventually, he will split them and then we'll stack them for firewood.  He had to take down more of the fence so the tree guys would have access across the stream.  We moved the girls into the small arena behind the barn where they will "live" (when it isn't raining or snowing) for the next few weeks.


  1. It would be great if you could use a 'round' from the trunk to make a picnic table.......
    All that beautiful oak- it would be great to use it.

  2. We plan to use some of it for a bridge, for a bench and for tables. We've also had some neighbors and our farrier who have asked for rounds. We've told them, if you can get it into your truck, you can have it. I'd like to use some of the rounds in my garden as tables, and they would be useful by the tie rails and pastures too. Don't worry, we aren't going to cut it all up.

  3. I really didn't realize just how big it was!

  4. That was one hell of a tree to cut up. I didn't realize how big it was until these pictures. I'm sure you can salvage a lot of the wood and reuse it for lots of great projects.

  5. It's so sad when a big one like that falls, but I'm glad to hear that it will be repurposed for lots of things. Even if it does take forever to cut it into manageable pieces!

  6. An American in TokyoFebruary 20, 2017 at 9:35 PM

    That is a HUGE oak!!
    Glad to hear that you will be able to recycle it into many different things. Looking forward to seeing the tables, etc.!

  7. That is one massive oak!! Any idea how old (ish) is was? Looks like you'll have plenty of wood for all your projects, and then some.

    1. I want to count the rings and see for sure but an arborist told us, when we moved in, that the tree was about 500 years old.

    2. Wow!! Oh the stories such a historic tree could tell, if...


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