They have talked about having it downed, and about a week ago they had someone to do the actual felling of it.
I had told them that I would like to have the trunk and one of the main branches (it was a Y shaped tree). My plan is to convert the tree into a table, and thereby still having preserved some of it for the future. It will probably yield material for several tables, but that is also OK with me.
Last Monday, I drove down to my parents to pick up part of the tree. It is so heavy that I could only take the Y shaped 6 feet trunk in my trailer. Any more would have caused me to drive with overload which is something the police in Denmark takes pretty seriously.
My dad, their neighbour and I managed to get the trunk onto the trailer by means of a chain block, and a bit of ingenuity.
I guess the weight of the trunk is around 800 kg, because my front loader on he tractor is just too weak to lift it. Luckily there is a well functioning non return valve in the hydraulic system, so I could use a chain block in connection with the front loader and get it lifted of the trailer.
A bit more (a lot actually) of fiddling and the thing was positioned in place on the wagon of the mulesaw.
I have sawed a couple of 5/4" boards and for the entire width I have made one which is 2.25" thick. Right now I am having problems because the width is so great that the blade can not eject the sawdust from each stroke, so the blade gets hot and tends to jam up. The sawing of something this wide (32"+) takes an incredible amount of time. I think my mean speed at the moment is 3/8" per minute.
It is a good thing that I don't have to make a living out of it. If the width is reduced to approx. 24", I can go with a speed of 4-6" per minute depending on how hard the wood is to saw.
Gustav and the trunk.
The trunk will just pass the frame of the mulesaw.
As a service to wives of readers from Pennsylvania, here is a picture of me after a visit to the hairdresser and also with a recent shave :-)