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Felling a Tree

One of the easiest ways to fell such a large tree is to burn through the trunk and adze out the softened, burnt wood. The process of burning the trunk does not require that a fire be started at the base of the tree, but, rather, heated rocks are transported over a short distance and placed in a small hole cut in the bottom of the tree and left to singe the wood. The singed wood is then removed with an adze and the process is repeated until the tree falls. Once felled, the cedars are de-limbed and dragged to the nearest body of water to float to an area where they can be processed.

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