Pegs, did that fall backwards on you????????????????????
It does look like it gave pegs the switcharoo. You better get asplaing pegs!
I had to decide whether I wanted to do this entirely with the axe or if I wanted to speed things up with a crosscut saw. Historically a crosscut saw was used to cut the kerf and then the Puget Sound felling axe was used to open the face.
Sawing is not only quicker but it gives you more control of the fall since you can wedge the cut to push the tree over. With the axe you're pretty much limited to the natural lean of the tree.
I chose to continue without the saw for posterity. I was only able to make this choice because the fall line was clear to both directions.
My buddy uploaded a couple videos to youtube.
So did you cut the felling cut below the directional or did that tree misbehave?
Awesome vids Pegs!
You got out of there pretty quick once that sucker started falling
Oh, man! That was fun to watch! My brother and I felled a Fir about that size two weeks ago at elk camp. We did it with a Plumb and a Collins cruiser double bits. I love cruisers, they are nice and easy to swing and pack a hell of a punch.
Thanks for posting, Pegs!
A couple more pics. In the first post of this thread I showed 3 axes.
The one in the middle is a 1938 Sager Chemical Axe. The one on the right turned out to be a Kelly-Charleston. The one on the left is a beat up no-name. So which one did I pick for this project? Bearhunter knows. Of course I picked the no-name basket case.
My reasoning was this, it had little to no collectable value so I felt free to treat however I saw fit. It was also the widest of the 3 axes, measuring 12-3/4" bit-to-bit. The long narrow head exemplified the Puget Sound felling axe.
I bought a new handle from Tennessee Hickory. It had a nice grain but it was thick as a bat - needed some major spokeshave work to get down to the thickness and shape that I like.
The eye was well-aligned to the head so it hung pretty straight.
I found only a faint remnant of a makers stamp on this axe. It looks like a row of tear drops forming an arch. If anyone recognizes this please let me know.
I was wondering, how does the PS chop compared to say a jersey or a Connecticut, etc?
Good, bad, better, or indifferent...
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