Leshi Madrona Removal

This tree was marked for take down after a lengthy discussion with the homeowner. The 110 year old tree had been in decline after sustaining root damage from a retaining wall put in a few years prior. The two stems leaned away from the client’s yard over their neighbor’s back patio. The client had concern for falling dead material over the neighbors home and high use patio. Watching the tree continue to decline motivated the client to make the decision to remove the tree as opposed to only pruning the deadwood again. This tree was incredibly complicated to remove. It called for extensive amounts of rigging and care to bring down, every limb had to be carefully cut and lowered into the 12’X16′ drop zone. 

It was important to the client to save the plants below the Madrona so a small lean to was built to save the rare rhododendron from falling limbs. The two stems measured 28″ and 33″ consecutively and the tree when cut to grade measured 42″ across. All the useable wood from the tree was saved, it was milled on-site using an alaskan mill. Some of the wood was sold to Urban Hardwoods. The rest of the wood is dried and stacked at Heritage Millworks in Port Angeles awaiting order. The slabs were cut at 3″ to allow for movement when the wood dried and so that tables or mantles could be cut from the slabs. 

Using two trees onsite for anchors, and a portable winch to pull the stem we fell the remaining section into the drop zone.
Using two trees onsite for anchors, and a portable winch to pull the stem we fell the remaining section into the drop zone.
Here Conor enters the tree by footlocking up the rope.
The slabs from this section went to Urban Hardwoods to be made into tables. Six 3" wide by 14' slabs were created out of this largest straight section. The color and beauty that each pass exposes as the slabs are milled out of the log is amazing.
This stack of slabs are taken from smaller diameter sections but still provide useable wood for smaller tables etc.
Here is a stack of slabs that were milled from the lower left main beam of the Madrona.
The tree has now been reduced to the remaining large wood. The whole tree up to this point was carefully placed in a 12X15 foot area. To retain productive milling length each section weighing between 900-3000 lbs was rigged to fall within the drop zone.
This picture was taken from the crown of an old-growth Douglas-fir overlooking the Strait of Juan De Fuca.
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