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Weird things in trees

Discussion in 'Commercial Tree Care and Climbing' started by sgreanbeans, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. sgreanbeans

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    OK, tried doing this earlier.Must not have went thru
    Over the years I have found some really strange stuff inside a tree. I have found a corvette rim that must have been sitting for like 30-40 years inside a maple, I have found a mass grave of army men and have even found tools, yo-yos, and clothes. The best was a HO's liquor stash that he was hiding from his wife in a hollow base, it was in one of those metal file boxes, had a full bottle of yukon jack and a bunch of empty's, he had been telling her a raccoon lived in their to keep her out. Well, he got in a little trouble because of me! OOPS!

    I figured we need to lighten the mood, as lately there has been way to much fighting, I am just as guilty of it, as anybody else. So I figured this would be a good/fun subject.

    Whadya find?:kilt:
     
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    strangre things in trees

    I looked at a big silver maple(4'dbh) about 80' from the waters edge. Some one had put a rope around the tree to hold a winch to pull boats out of the water. the rope has long since rotted out but the tree had grown around the winch, part of the spool and wire cable are still visible.
    I once saw guys removing a 60' maple tree by lashing a series of ladders to the trunk of a the tree. they had no ppe, climbing saddles or climbing ropes. the guy in the tree held on with one hand and cut with the other. appropriatly the tree was next to a cemetery.
    other than that it's only other tree guys.
     
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    When I dropped the trunk of a multi stem silver maple it broke apart and out came a beer bottle from the late 1800's. Hey, this is beer city.
     
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    I got nothing really unusual just random sing fixtures, wires, conduit, hook and eye latches, barbed wire, pipe flanges, tennis balls, fabric, plastic bags, concrete, and expanding foam. Oh and pipes copper and steel, t-posts, and rocks.
     
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    All I ever find in trees are nails rocks and wire. :mad:
     
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    Good laugh on the liquor stash....

    I have yet to find anything really special on my own that hasn't been mentioned already, but I love the tales, like old rifles that were leaned up to a tree and left there, or lead bullets from old battlegrounds.
     
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    Some smart A$$ thought he would hammer a horse shoe in a tree about 50 years before I found it in mid cut. That cost me a bar and chain at the shop
     
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    how about topless girls next door other then that all the above:hmm3grin2orange:
     
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    pair of women's thong panties, used, abused, and chewed on by whatever critter took them up in the tree. Come to think of it that does explain that dead raccoon we found at the base of the tree....hmm....go figure. Water pump for a late 80's chevy, it was sticking proud of the crotch that grew around it so we split it free with the logsplitter to see what it was. All the other usual chain/bar wrecking crap is not worth mentioning.:bang:
     
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    I found a few balls up there is all.
     
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    I trimmed and deadwooded very large Silver Maple that had a Momma raccoon and three newborn babies. The hollow she was hiding in was right where we placed our ladder and she would growl and hiss at us whenever we went up, but she held her ground to protect her babies.

    One other time a raccoon came out and kept climbing higher above me as I advanced up the tree to set my TP. Eventually it made a flying squirrel type leap into another tree. I was relieved as the tree was coming down at I didn't want to drop it with the raccoon still in it.
     
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    The one thing I have noticed, all of the weird stuff is usually found in a maple, another thing I didn't really find, as it was not hidden, I bid a job where they had a large Silver that had a 5ft pine growing out of the main crotch, it was one of those multi stems that had a huge main crotch with a large area to collect water, leaves and such. It was really cool, didnt get the job tho, so not sure what happened to the little tree. I told them to leave the trunk and let the pine live! Would have been a unique grafting pic!
     
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    I ejected a coon out of a dead oak spar once that I tipped.
     
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    Cannon balls! I seen in a museum in Fredricksburg,Va chunks of wood with cannon balls in it, now thats how ya remove a tree! Some of that cival war stuff is worth BIG MONEY!
     
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    this was sickening

    Im located in the most south east corner of Pa so you might be able to figure out the town im talking about. Its rated right up there with camden NJ. Anyway we had a Norway maple growing between the street and the sidewalk that the top had broken out years ago and the trunk had started to decay. The local town natives had filled the cavity with 40 ounce bottles of there favorite beverages, concrete, rocks, and other street trash.

    After limbing it out it was time to drop the trunk, we put a pull line on it and dropped it into the street. Opon impact it split open and not hundreds, but thousands of cockroachs spilled out onto the street, and began running for cover. All i could think of was carring them home and they would infest my house and trucks
     
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    4 foot long King snake living in a hollow in a big limb. Didnt live long as my trimmer cut it into 3 pieces while removing the limb with a hydraulic pole saw. He didnt mean to, saw blood flying as he made the cut but it was too late by then. I hated it as I like most snakes. It's a constant battle to keep guys from killing every one they see but I dont allow it. I caught a pretty green snake today while putting in on Section 4 of the Chatooga river. Interesting day as I started out by climbing a large pine and taking it down for a friend who then showed me down the river. Made 100 bucks and a couple of seats for an inflateable kayak I own then got the benefit of her intimate knowledge of her home river. I know that'scheap but she's a good friend.
     
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    Found this the other day, this is out in the back of a house my brother built, about 10 years ago. We went to bid the trees I planted back then for pruning, when walking around, I looked up and seen this. It was there before (forgot about it) maybe if it was for a deer stand, as it was a heavily wooded area when my brother bought the land.
     
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    Found this today 25 feet up in the crotch of a split Post oak on a golf course in Hot Springs. I estimate over 50 years of growth around the golf ball, we'll know for sure when we get the tree down.
    View attachment 194105
     
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    I found a antique baby doll in the crotch of a tree , that someone tore the head off and filled with beer bottle caps , and all peals caps ... I thought that was strange to say the least ....
     
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