John Pollman and his family have been customers and friends of Madsen's for over forty years. John and his dad, Jack, ran a timber cutting crew for many years and developed a reputation as experts at falling large old-growth trees. John keeps his skills up as a consultant to the US Forest Service. Along with training, he occasionally called upon when they need an expert faller on large and/or dangerous jobs.
This big tree was in a campground, threatening the safety of its visitors.
Here, John is pictured going over the details with the Forest Service crew responsible for camp operations. In the foreground is John's wife, Daylene and his son, Anders.
This tree is not falling -- yet. This photo shows how much this tree was leaning before cutting began.
John's Stihl 084 put out a spray of chips as he began his undercut.
Here John was cleaning out the undercut. If this image looks familiar it is because it is on the cover of the 2010 Madsen's catalog.
There wasn't much solid wood holding on this big tree.
"Thanks John for these great shots. Most of all we appreciate your patronage and friendship over the years. We look forward to many more." The Madsen's crew.