Avoiding Widowmakers

Work safely in the woodlot when cutting wood and dealing with widowmakers.

You can determine a lot about the skill involved and manner in which a tree was felled by looking at the stump and wedge-hinge that is left behind. Trees can roll off the stump, crack and split up the trunk, hang up, buck, you name it. Trees are unpredictable and should be treated with respect and caution when cutting.
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