A Bit of Work
My friend Mike (who’s also my stepdad) and my Mom have 60-some acres near Rusk, Texas…that’s about 35-odd miles south of Tyler, Texas and over 130 miles from my place. Despite being a hundred-fifty miles from the coast, that area took some significant winds from Hurricane Rita.
A massive oak tree couldn’t take it and fell on the mobile home that’s on the property. Fortunately nobody was living there, it’s only used for shelter when working the property.
Yesterday, me and my friend James headed down to help Mike get the tree off the house.
Now, “massive” and “oak” mean HEAVY. The “branch” that fell on the house is over 3 feet in diameter. There were many “smaller” branches we cut off the roof that were over a foot in diameter. I would guess the section of the tree that fell on the house to weigh in at well over 25 tons. Even after clearing the branches off the main part, my 9000 pound truck, in 4-wheel low, could not budge it.
The other part of the tree, the part that didn’t fall on the house, is even bigger.
There was massive damage to the roof, and one wall suffered more damage as we got the biggest part (15 tons or so) of tree trunk off the house, but frankly I can’t imagine why the tree just didn’t smash right through the house, cutting it completely in two. This is a BIG tree!
So, 3 guys, 2 chainsaws, all day, and we might have cut up 20% of this tree. We DID get it off and out of the house.
Some pictures…although I’m disappointed in that they just do not capture the scale of this tree.
I’m sore today…but some excercise is always a good thing, and I got to take some aggression out on stuff with a chainsaw. We’ll continue to hack this thing apart at our leisure, and stack it out of the way some where to season. Sometime next fall I imagine we’ll rent a splitter and then we’ll all have more firewood than we’ll use in a decade.
Basically, it was a GREAT day (nobody died).
Soooo…now I’ve got THIS song stuck in my head (the Monty Python “Lumberjack” song).
Y’all (technical term) be safe!