More carnage to the tree

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1 April 2014

The tree still stands, but considerably the worse for the assault. Where once a man stood to help with ropes, there is nothing but air.

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I watched while they took down another 3 feet or so.

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As before, much of the time is taken with the rigging, but not as much as before. At this point, it’s mostly a matter of avoiding loud thumps.

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The red rope carries a hook; the white rope passes through the pulley and will support the cut piece as it comes down.

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I overexposed by a full stop, and it’s still dark. Good thing I didn’t just use the camera’s judgment!

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He goes around to the other side to cut the groove deeper. Parallel to the red ropes, avoiding the white one.

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With the cut deep enough — we hope — he gives it a hard push to break it loose. The gap opens, but it doesn’t break free.

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Not good enough. He tries again.

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He moves the bucket around and tries from the side. Still no luck.

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He will have to cut from this side. Here we catch him releasing the pull starter rope on the chainsaw.

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Standing as near as I could, I got a shower of sawdust on my head.

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Once again, a push.

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And down it comes!

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On the ground, the crew is busy slicing wafers, none of them more than a foot thick. We can see that one wafer is as much as a man can carry.

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And they’re not chewing up the wafers, just going to cart them away whole.

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