Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Timber!

There was a scene outside our house this morning that reminded me of the old Looney Tunes cartoons where an axe wielding man would yell out "TIMBER!" and then you see a tree fall side ways.

The neighbor is clearing all the trees from his garden. Unfortunately, this means no more shade on our side!

They called in the same guy that we had called in to fix our roof. Anyway, he shows up with the helmet he wears when he rides his motorbike and his parang.

First, he climbed and cleared all the branches away. He did all that alone, without even a ladder. His friend just watched this initial part. No good pictures there because of all the branches obviously!

After that, he started working on the tree trunk.



Here, you can see the other man holding on to some rope that is used to pull the top part of the tree down once its been chopped enough.



If you look in the middle of the photo, you can see the top part of the tree on its way down.



Its not that I've never watched a tree being lopped down before. But all those other times, it usually involves 3 men, one of those cherry picker machines, and a chain saw.

This is one of the things I like about living here. You never know what you might see just looking out your window!

4 comments:

Nap Warden said...

Thank goodness he didn't fall. Those pics had me worried:O

fiona said...

Cool pics!
Agility, no props required.

Mike said...

This is what's called an OSHA nightmare.

Bilbo said...

If that were Mike or I in the picture, we'd be sitting on one of the branches, happily sawing away...