Saturday, 22 October 2011

Sunny saturday

Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon, logging up a limb that had fallen out of a massive beech tree in the grounds of some customers of mine. The sun was shining and it was pretty peaceful, apart form the chainsaw of course!
phone photos - not the best!
Definitely one of the biggest beech trees I've seen in a while, got a feeling its days are somewhat numbered though, as they are not known for their longevity and this ones form does not help, it is massively off balance with a huge amount of weight leaning out to the side.

The large limb to the left is where I'd put my money on the tree failing, huge amounts of weight coming from a potentially week branch union

Remedial works could potentially rectify this, or as least pros pone the inevitable, but they would have to be quite severe and with ancient trees like this I'm frequently inclined to let them age gracefully, rather than hack them about to much. Its had a good run if its going to fail then let it and plant a new one when its gone. Especially as this one is in the middle of a field and can do no harm.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Giant Wellingtonia

A few weeks ago I got to climb a species of tree I've want to climb ever since I got into the industry. well actually I have worked on a couple of small ones, but never had the oppertunity to climb one anything like the size of this one. 

 I was climbing the tree as part of some freelance climbing work I've been doing lately. We were not doing any work to it at this stage, mearly inspecting it for any major physiological or structural defects. Which basically ment that I got to spend the morning climbing round a massive tree, always good fun!

View from the very top

 I estimate the tree to be about 120ft to the top, which definately makes it the tallest tree I've ever climbed. Especially as I could climb right to the very top and actually poke myself out of the tree, not something that most tree structures lend themselve to.

It was quite an interesting tree to climb as the branches tend to drop down from where they attach to the trunk, meaning the rope slides down the branch as you assend it.

What I find even more amazing is that this tree is only a baby compared to some of the monsters in America, some have been measured at over 300ft tall and over 50ft wide which kind of puts things in prespective. Still a pretty cool thing to be paid to do though, and definately a big tree for England!

Monday, 3 October 2011

Elwell Firemans axe

My brother brought me this from a carboot for £6, it was in fairly good shape already, but I figured with a bit of work it could look alot smarter and pretty cool on the wall of my workshop next to my ever growing collection of axes!

Sanded and oiled the handle and polished the head and sharpened the blade, good as new!