Aspen in the back yard crowding a little oak. Aspen's gotta' go! 16-inch dbh, approx 55-60 ft. 10 degrees of side lean, and about 30 feet up, it takes a further bend. Really not in the mood to climb and drop the top (i.e. the part above 30 feet). The lean and the bend (and probably my relative lack of experience in such situations) are enough to make it a coin flip as to whether I can drop it in the narrow slot available without employing some technique to manage it, and I'm not inclined to go with a coin flip.
The technique I've seen described for this is to aim the notch in the direction opposite to the lean. But I'm looking at this and wondering if maybe it's preferable to use an angled notch. It seems like if the line where the notch top and bottom cuts meet is angled 10 degrees relative to horizontal in the direction opposite to the lean, this should "straighten" the fall.
Looking for some feedback on this idea. In general I'm hoping to hear the voice of experience here, but specifically, I'm interested in how the hinge behaves when it's not horizontal. Does it break uniformly, or does one side start breaking first, allowing gravity to change the direction of fall, etc.?