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After around 8 hours of work (times 2.25 people), the distinguished tree is dismantled. Plenty of firewood for next winter and wood for the solstice fire too!

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Black walnut dismantled

Black walnut dismantled

Wood piles

Almost as tall as Ame.

Almost as tall as Ame.

Several cords (splitter required)

Several cords (splitter required)

Solstice wood (several piles like this)

Solstice wood (several piles like this)

Butt log

Base by the ball (over 36 inches)

Base by the ball (over 36 inches)

An interesting joint.

An interesting joint.

Tree skeleton.

Tree skeleton.

Halfway from Here to There

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A distinguished tree is dismantled. Phase one. (before)

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Firewood

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The buttlog persists

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Black Walnut Demise

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Good morning walnut tree.

Morning sun peeks over the mountain.

Morning sun peeks over the mountain.

That’s what happens with 40-50MPH winds, soggy ground from 3 inches of rain, and a formidable old tree that had already begun its ultimate lean.

The butt log is several feet in diameter.

The butt log is several feet in diameter.

From time to time people wonder where the massive solstice fires come from. Wonder no more!

Down to earth.

Down to earth.

An ornamental Japanese dogwood is under the crown in the circle.  A second victim of the storm.

An ornamental forest pansy redbud is smashed under the crown in the circle—a second victim of the storm.

Adventures in tree removal begin tomorrow. Anybody want to buy the butt log? It has to be worth a few thousand bucks.

Snow during a Virginia October is a beautiful and destructive thing.

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Healthy silver maple branches, full of leaves, snap, crackle, pop. The woods all around are roaring with the loss..