Ronnie cutting down a widow-maker. Trees that are pinched or hung up when falling are called widow-makers because they are extremely dangerous to cut. It is easy to get wounded or even die from a log unexpectedly snapping during a cut, falling, or rolling when sawing one. It takes many hours of cutting trees or pulling them with heavy equipment to understand the direction a hung up log will fall or roll once the pressure is removed at pinch points.
We use straps to pull the logs out into the open to cut them up and load them efficiently.