A couple weeks ago, I was working close to the woodshed and managed to clear out space around two trees that were growing nearly right against one another. They probably were a single tree sharing a root system...
Due to the fact they were so close together while growing, all the branches on each were missing from the side against their partner. I like this feature when cutting them up, as it means that I only have to go down one side of the trunk to remove the side branches. As with anything though, the law of unforeseen (admittedly, not unforeseeable) consequences comes consistently into play.
The branches on the tree I was cutting down were all about ninety degrees to the direction my wedge cut was pointing. The tree as it fell decided to "split the difference" and fell at a 45 degree angle. Completely missing two other tall trees that I was certain would have acted as guidance in the event that it didn't fall as I wanted. Instead, as if pulled by a magnetic force, or Murphy's Law, the tree came down directly on the end of the woodshed itself.
|Harder to do a better hit if I had aimed it! Note the uneven load of branches.|
|I'm just pleased I was able to winch it off with tearing down the porch roof too.|
|A slight gap at the top shouldn't let in a worrying amount of rain or snow.|
The change in expression on Grandpa's face when I related that no, it wasn't a windfall that caused this, but my own cutting was something to behold. :)
Next time I will try to see if I can't find a way of coaxing trees to fall better when they are anywhere near my buildings or equipment.