A co-worker of mine has a tree he needs removed. It's a White Pine roughly 24" dbh, approximately 60' to 70' tall with a split trunk at about 10' to 12'. The base of the tree is about a foot from the front of his cottage, and his cottge is on a bank with an 8' to 10' drop to the shoreline. He's had a couple of local guys look at it and decided to have one of them do it. I think he's asking for trouble. Here's the problem, I think. The guy (not sure of his qualifications) wants to put 2 pull/hold lines on the tree coming off at 45 degrees to the tree and and just start back cutting on the tree as close to the ground as possible with pressure on the lines. Sounds like a classic "barber chair" waiting to happen I've never cut or heard of a tree this large being cut without a notch, have any of you? He told my buddy the reason for doing it this way as opposed to notching the tree was " he was afraid the tree would twist if he notched it" I thought the notch and hinge were supposed to control the direction of the fall? Am I missing something?