Basic Chain Saw Course 103
This is what will save your life. This is the remaining wood fiber left between the completed Face cuts and the completed Backcut. If this piece of wood is cut completely through or angled, control of the trees direction of fall will have been lost and it might fall anywhere. Caution must be taken, when cutting larger trees, to not leave too much of this Holding Wood. This can cause another condition known as a Barber Chair.
This can be extremely dangerous. Heavy leaning trees are especially susceptible to this. When not enough Holding Wood has been cut fast enough, the trees lean and weight will cause the trunk to split upwards. When it stops splitting, the uppermost part of the tree can break off and come slamming down, anywhere around the base of the tree.
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