Hi folks. First time poster here. Have been browsing for a while and appreciate all of the excellent info! Did my first climb and removal today. Big birch that was close to our house. Previous owner nailed spikes in every foot to hang Christmas lights so assuming that is whay killed it. Every storm pieces come down and afraid it was going to hit house. Climbed up and lopped off a few big stems that were hanging towards the house. Then cut it down. Went where I wanted but took a while to fall...a couple of nervous minutes! Was about 25" at thickest part and I only have 15" bar on my saw so took some multi sided cutting to get it down. I did a notch, then bore cut to make a hinge and then cut through most of the back and wedged. When I cut through the last of it and it didn't fall I was second guessing, but a few more hits on the wedges and it went. A few pics attached. Should have taken a starting one but too late now, just got one after I topped it. Please feel free to comment on the cut and any improvements...I have several poplars to do in the back. Thanks!