By the time I cycled round to the house on my velocipede, the tree surgeon had removed all the upper limb wood; I was at the other end of that rope pulling it down;
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Once is was down, it was clear that the butt was superb quality; no rot, shakes, nuffink...
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...with the heart being around 500mm diameter.
It was then merrily chopped up into suitable chunks, bearing in mind that there were a lot of large branches in the tree:
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I had a couple of chunks as I've been 'requested' by SWIMBO to make her pal something from it (couple of bowls and a box). The tree surgeon kindly sliced them in half down the diameter...apparently the chain saw doesn't like cutting along the grain as it produces the wrong sort of shavings. They're now awaiting the attention of my yet to be delivered froe but some bits have small branches etc in them so a call to Workshop Heaven is probably going to be in order. The next job is to mill the whole tree into planks next month and I've earmarked a prime board out the butt - Rob