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  1. Stihlsmoking

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    Let's see some you've ran into. I'm thinking this oak was struck ? What's everyone's opinion? Strip out on both sides, looks blown out, top looks fine ? Let's see some more !!
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  2. Lightning Performance

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    Oh yea. I seen triple stripped before with a nice twists. *b-word to cut.
     
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    Hinerman Here For The Long Haul!

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    Definitely a lightning strike. Definitely going to die so needs to be taken down.

    I have seen a few but don't have any pics. I need a smart phone with a good camera.
     
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    I had one last year i cut down a palm that goymt hit by lightning and caufgt on fire and burnt whole top of tree out.and it burnt a hole thru. tree center to the bases i never thought to take pics
     
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    Few years back we heard a massive clap of lightning and thunder that rang through the valleys for a good bit. We knew it happened out on the front of our place. Went looking around the next day and, sure enough, found a 30" red oak tree about 80' tall that was split right down the middle. There was bark and splinters, some splinters as large as baseball bats, laying 100' from the base of the tree. Had to be real careful felling that one. But, WOW, what a massive pile of oak firewood that made!!! Tree was in the woods and only had limbs at the top, but was close enough to the field that most of it fell in a mowed grassy flat spot. Fastest firewood cutting party we ever had up to that point in time.
     
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    Came across this one on a hike at a clients property. Looked to be fairly recent. My friend has a tall co dominant white pine in his back yard that was struck while he was in his office. Got stripes up both leaders from top to bottom. We've been keeping a close eye on it. That was three years ago and it doesn't show any signs of decline yet. Of course it is slated to come down for an addition anyways, but holding up good for us till we get around to it.
     
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    This brings up an interesting thought. We have a Shag Bark Hickory tree in our yard that got struck several years ago. Happened early spring before the leaves came out on the trees. That tree only blossomed about 5-10% of its leaves later that spring. It was slated to be cut down for firewood but we ended up getting our winter's supply filled before I cut it.....so I decided to leave it standing until the following year. Well, the following spring it blossomed with about 30-40% of its leaves this time. Hmmmmm....decided to let it go one more year. Next spring it had about 80%. Year after that...100% foliage. That tree is one of the healthiest trees in our yard now. Who would'a thunk??
     
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    Trees are amazing things for sure. The way they can heal, grow and survive in some crazy places, and the interconnection through the root and mycelium network. Awesome stuff!
     
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    I will get a pic of a tree I cut. It was a maple tree that had a big low limb that split off. Owner wanted to try and save what was left. I only cut the damaged part off. The base looks real ugly and unsafe, but had plenty of leaves and is even sprouting new growth. Go figure. Lol
     
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    A few years back I took down a soft maple that been hit every year for three years,caught fire and was hollow .Dang thing was 3 feet in diameter ,it scorched the roots but was alive and doing well .What tickled me was most of the smaller limbs were curled like a pig's tail .
     
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    We try to find lightening struck trees to make firewood for sweat lodge ceremony.
     
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    Had lightning strike my biggest pine in my grove couple years ago. Had the stripe all the way down one side only. There was bark laying 20-30 yards away. Not sure why I never took pictures


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    Here is a Walnut tree in my buddy's front yard. 20180119_155932.jpg 20180119_155947.jpg
     

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    IMG_1732.JPG IMG_1734.JPG White oak lightning struck during 2011. Used 7900 dolmar to take it down after that. A good section of the trunk just splintered into kindling when tree came down.
     
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    Yeah that one wasn’t gonna make it !!
     
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    A blown apart linden I did a couple years back and it was a huge tree split it all the way down to the stump. There was several big strikes in the area that day that you could feel the shaking across town. I could not believe the amount of damage it caused to such a large healthy tree.

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    It’s hard to show the amount of damage with just pictures but there were chunks of the tree laying across the street.
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    Nice pictures. About like the whole linden tree was stuck in a log splitter.
     
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    I cut a Linden the other day. Looked like hard wood, but was much softer. Tree was very bendy. Almost like a birch tree. Light pieces.
    Never heard of one before. Lady has a whole yard full. Lol
     
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    Yes light weight wood. Here I hear people refer to them more as basswood, but there are a few guys I notice calling them lins or linden.
     
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