We decided perhaps it had become a danger and should come down. So last week the tree cutters came and started the process of taking it down.
They are amazing to watch. They start the climb and cut branches as they go, but leave about 6 or 7 inches of each branch. This creates a stepping peg or ladder so they can keep climbing to the very top of the tree. This tree was approx. 80' feet tall. Then the process of cutting the tree down in 2' foot round sections and pushing them off to let them fall to the ground below starts. This is very hard work and also dangerous. The cuts need to be angled just right, and strong upper body strength is definitely needed to get the rounds to topple down and away from the tree cutter.
We use wood to heat our home. Once the rounds have dried, the splitting and stacking starts.