Yes, the former Tree #2, a silver maple, has gone on to prepare for a short, bright career as firewood! Thanks to tree removal expert Jim Clark & crew of The Tree Machine, Inc. (317/257-6667, here in Indianapolis) (And I didn't get a price break or other consideration for the mention, either. He was good and his price was great, so I'm happy to get the info out there)
--Photos follow:My first sight of the Tree Guy Himself, above. Followed very shortly by his asking, "You and Tamara had both better watch this -- and be ready to call 911 if things go wrong." (Yes, dears, that's hyperbole -- but if it was easy and safe, anyone could do it). Here's why: Things are in motion in this image and the fallen trunk is headed to whack into a branch of the tree Jim's standing on:...The sound tree (well, sound-ish) stood, thanks to a breakaway branch. Anybody in there?And below, the fallen. Hats off, gentlemen! It gave long and faithful service.In the slicing-up, a good look at what wood turners and carvers call "spalted" wood. A fungus does the work. Very pretty, not so good for the tree.Almost like it was never there....Almost.The famous card:A look at the Tam-famous truck. The other side has a well-designed tool rack, with a small, sturdy work surface that drops down. Everything has a place, without having to move six things to get to any tool. Framework is all aluminum, to maximize payload. The smaller wheelbase makes it well-suited to Broad Ripple's narrow streets, too.By 2100, I had my ham antenna back up and the landscaping timbers staked and deckscrewed back into place. Hooray!
Next, The Search For Stump-Grinders. Are they the ones who live in the woods and wear only metal, or the ones who can't bear the sun and subsist on a steady diet of live bees and honey?
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