I've had some time off work this week to do the CS32 Felling Medium Trees (380-760mm) chainsaw course. Our instructor is David Rossney of Esus Forestry Training - Tracy and I did the coppice harvesting efficiency course with him a few years ago too. Basically, after this course, and exam, I'll be qualified to fell trees up to 30" diameter.
There's some felling videos to come in a moment, but first a few pictures. We've been learning about properly removing the buttresses of the trees:
How to make an accurate gob cut when the tree is wider than the chainsaw bar:
and also about high-lift felling wedges:
and how to use them:
OK, here's a quick video showing just the highlights (i.e. trees falling) from day 1:
If you'd like to see the whole process, and what happens on the CS32 course, here's me felling a tree:
More videos in a new post here...