Well maybe not too stupid, but stupid enough
It saddened me to have to put the big boy down, but after Ike and the ice-storm, not to mention the 4 70 plus mph wind gust t-storms that caused further damage, it had to be done.
I climbed and removed some huge branches from the last remaining spar, this took two weeks of work, slow, steady, and very careful. When he was neutered down to the last 40 plus feet of spar, I felled him with the stihl, made me sick.
200 Plus year old White Oaks don't grow on trees ya know
But he was unsafe especially with my kids playing out back and this whacked out neighbor looking for an insurance payout should he have fallen on his property.
Anyway the bucking and splitting has been going on for days on end, massive tree he was. No worries something I've done too many times to count, all by hand, axe and wedges.........Then it happened, the stupid rookie mistake.
I've been fighting a few things, physically ( nasty cold ) mentally---kids, school, etc..Yet in my need for finishing the job I messed up.
Split a large chunk of the log, heavy, 200 plus lbs. Wedged it and reached in to pull the piece away, only the wedge hung up on the log, probably due to my weakened state of mind. Usually it slides down the split and makes for breaking any hanging fibers with the axe a simple task.
Yes the piece will snap back toward the log you're splitting, no problem when the wedges has slid down the split, big problem when it hangs and wedge meets middle finger when middle finger has no place to go...
You should be thinking " child birth type of pain about now " My threshold is extremely high so I was mostly pissed as hell at myself for being so utterly freaking stupid.
Nail cracked and has become a nice shade of dark Blue/Black....probably lose it in time...
After icing the hell out of it for 30 minutes, until it was dead...........I split 3 ricks, maybe 4..almost a cord..
This was three days ago and it still twitches ever now and then..lol
So, so long old friend and thanks for the badge.
Stihl lots and lots of cutting and splitting ahead. Cole