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  • August Hunicke's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    I made this one today after years of. . .
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  • RegC's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    That and good heat. Grand fir as a comparison doesnt produce so much heat.
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  • RegC's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Firewood still a big thing here. And Douglas fir the most sought after
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  • RegC's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Thanks all. I should mention, perfect weather made all the difference. Its funny, you notice more that your in a tall tree when its windy Cory, 3-400 id guess for the big ones. 5ft 16 in. They are sold already $300, buyer collects as is. Pete, the very fine dust from old doug fir bark should not be ingested. Soon as your saw passes through it theres a plume. That gnarly characteristic is typical in the veteran's. Worse nearer the bottom. Not so much in anything less than 100 years old. The rings on this one suggested it was about 230. Yes Gary, I set it that way for the extra support.
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  • RegC's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Yeah I went back in my own yesterday to cut and clean up. Truck load of sawdust but the logs stayed. That was the deal. He can sell the wood.
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  • RegC's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    5 maybe 6 kids ? tree biz, YouTube and his saddle probably keeping him occupied
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  • RegC's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    I dont have particular big or tough hands, quite the opposite. I just hate the feeing of gloves. Thanks
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  • RegC's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Thanks Johnny. No, we didn't know there was even a cable up there
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  • RegC's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    I put out some 'before' pics of this tree on another thread just recently. All went pretty well....just a lot of chunking down through the afternoon. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eNly8bkbVIQ" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • RegC's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Strong but very slow pull. Cumbersome. Used them for years when I started out, but would not entertain one now.
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  • RegC's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Thanks. I wouldn't bid a job without figuring it out first....but being a man down (the right man) has thrown a spanner in the works. The problem is not getting the tree down, its bringing it down in a way that Dave can mange on the ground. I dont want Dave feeling overwhelmed down there with huge logs that he cant move....but we're working against the clock too. Daves a strong guy and has done many big trees with me just him and I....but Aaron (whos away) was a faller on the queen Charlotte islands for years, running up and down hills over huge spruce logs carrying pulling steel chokers. Guy never gets defeated. I didn't mean for the conversation to get this far in truth. The situation is nothing put into context, but relative here I suppose in how being a man down calls for a different strategy.
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  • RegC's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    That sounds like conventional style negative rigging, while incorporating a zip line to guide the logs to a designated spot ? If so, same as I said earlier, the set up and contiued sequence within the timeframe is not going to work out. Ive rigged thousands of logs that way, but I know with a tree of this height and volume, its not going to work. Rich, I agree its always good to hear ideas. There are indeed several ways to skin a cat. But you have to factor in the extra logistics and dynamics of putting big wood down from trees that are 3ft across at 100ft. As opposed to dropping and comtroling a similar sized section of wood from 50 ft. The dynamics and impact can be considerably more severe. Factor that into a very small dropzone and those several ways to skin the cat are often reduced to 1 or 2, realistically and practically. My jobs are not priced hourly, or daily....rather, there is no scope to explore one technique, then to decide its not realky working and try something else instead. But, as a starting point in this region at least...with extra height comes volume and impact. What Mick said is right on the money, machine power. But its not in the budget.
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  • RegC's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    The yard is only about 35 ft to the road. There isnt the room nor means to place an anchor anywhere other than in the one spot, where the VSL will already dump the wood. Unfortunately a concrete path cuts diagnol right across the yard eliminating any other option. I will already have to dump a load of wood chip in that spot so the falling logs dont obliterate the roots from the adjacent tree, and to dampen the deflection.
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  • RegC's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    Youve completely lost me there Sean. Youd need to sketch the technique and purpose. I hope to bring the bigger logs down V.S.L. Conventional/negative rigging would be too slow. But the stem does have an unfavorable side lean for VSL. Ill wont know for sure until I get up there. Each log might weigh 500lb or more. They need to be moved right out of the way, like several meters away. Some will have to go 7 or 8 meters away otherwise we will soon run out of room altogether. The wood is staying on site you see, bucked, but its a relatively small area. So we need to start the wood pile at the furthest distance away. A VSL is a relatively quick turn around for a climber....but the advantage will be lost if Dave cant move the wood in good time. In our favor, the gound is sloping, so Dave might get an easier roll on them. There is also the winch option....so long ad it doesn't rip up the ground too much. It still has to be bucked to firewood lengths too. We'll see. The job was priced very tight. So there is no margin for time lost. With 2 strong guys on the ground, I wouldnt be concerned, but Im a man down. Itll get done, no matter.
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  • RegC's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    Cory, that tree was spared because it was too much work to get out of there. I heard it directly from the guys who cut away everything else around it. Terrible access, Ive been there. Selling the story now as some kind of compassion is complete BS
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  • RegC's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    $450
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  • RegC's Avatar
    10-09-2018
    They both, boadleaves and conifers have for and against, Jon. Some of dead, rotten firs Ive climbed out here have perhaps put me in the most dangerous situations I can remember. They might be more simplistic in theory, but the state and form of the tree, matched with an unfavorable location might demand every ounce of your experience, intuition and focus to get through the job safely. Not for the faint hearted, as they say. We can only do our best Jon, you know how it is mate
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  • RegC's Avatar
    10-09-2018
    Hi Jon. Its Its currently tallest recorded Spruce, not the tallest tree. A redwood holds that title. For arguments sake, theres records of Douglas fir reaching 450ft here in BC, but were long since cut down. Im not really any more or less tired of climbing poles. I go through bored stages, but thats it. Nice to hear from you
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  • RegC's Avatar
    10-09-2018
    Definitely Stig. That and a compact slingshot to advance the throwline. The first 200 would still take some time. Beyond that looks a lot easier. Pure speculation of course because the river will be too high and fast to cross within a matter of weeks. Couple times there I was waste deep and struggling to stay upright
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  • RegC's Avatar
    10-08-2018
    Thanks. There's super tall trees throughout that whole area....much of which has never been explored. Its easy to believe that theres way taller trees than the giant, spruce and hemlock more specifically....you dont have to look too far. Like the hemlock in the pic below, could easily be a record tree, but who has time and means to find out. Not to mention the stuff you spot with the drone, but locating on foot could take forever. Its a cool place, Ill say that again.
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  • RegC's Avatar
    10-08-2018
    So climbing the giant would mean camping the night before I suppose. Because those first 200 feet would take some time as all the limbs are drooping. Scott had a little go, but didnt get far before we ran out of time
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  • RegC's Avatar
    10-08-2018
    Its a real pita to get to....even after the 4 hour drive. No cell service for the whole second half of the drive. Then you fighting through the worst kind of bush.....sometimes 5 mins just to get a few yards. If youre lucky you might hit a big log pointing the right way.....but mostly theyre all crossed and grown over with thick salal bush. Then you reach a 400ft almost vertical ravine down to the river. Quite a thing to climb back up with a 40-50lb backpack. Although I took a tumble for 30feet off a log and into the river....was in fact the packpack and helmet that saved me getting damaged. But what caught me off guard the most when I was trying to make it out of there in the dark was not so much the dehydration or cramps....rather it was the shadow's created by the headtorch....couldn't make out a dam thing underfoot. Forever tripping and falling down holes that you cant see. A long pole with a steel tip, and caulks were critical. The phone compass and stars got me out of there and back to the truck. By which time I couldn't even climb into the back of the truck to get my water, because of the cramps. Had to reach in with the pole instead. I learned a few lessons that night.
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  • RegC's Avatar
    10-08-2018
    Hey Mike, nice to hear from you mate. I just use windows movie maker. Basic and easy to understand, so good enough for me.
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  • RegC's Avatar
    10-08-2018
    Near 4 hours drive and 3 hours hike from my place. Pretty cool area once you're there. Be sure your youtube quality is at 1080 <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zSaCi5siyWA" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • RegC's Avatar
    10-01-2018
    RegC replied to a thread More Rigging in Tree Felling and Rigging
    I think I have the second most powerful battery for that saw. Theres 3 I believe. I owned a Hobbs H2 for a while. Solid unit, would recommend to anyone. My only slight issue with the design is that you couldn't take half wraps as theres only one fairlead out...so youre commited to whole wraps. Be that, a small compromise on an otherwise bombproof tool. And if anyones ever met and talked with Ken Johnson, you know hes not messing around.
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  • RegC's Avatar
    09-28-2018
    RegC replied to a thread More Rigging in Tree Felling and Rigging
    Asphalt driveway, shrubs and sprinklers. We maxed out rigging the limbs on our 200ft line, so, the spar was a little over 100, and then 15-18 ft of top. Have similar job coming up, but bigger and a much more critical spot. Taking off for a couple days. Thanks all.
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