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• Last updated: June 22, 2024

How to Fell a Tree

Whether you’re cutting down a tree for firewood, a better view of the lake, or as a guarantee to never rake leaves again, there are few things more fun — or more dangerous — than watching it fall while yelling “‘Timber!”’ at the top of your lungs. Above, we outline how to safely and effectively perform this satisfying procedure (you can find more details here). The same angle-cutting technique applies for both chainsaws and felling axes.

Don’t have either a chainsaw or an axe? You can still fell a tree using only a knife.

Illustrated by Ted Slampyak

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