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Wanting to try something new, I performed a swinging dutchman - kinda.. I wanted to see if I nipped the side of my hinge, but then bore cut the hinge thickness instead of coming in from the back, if it would save out. It clearly did not. I wrecked a very nice butt log on this white oak trying. Almost 3 ft of heartwood pull.. Lesson learned. I also learned that when you bore cut after cutting through the end of the hinge like that, with the tree leaning that direction, you pinch the bar in a hurry, no warning. I had to self rescue with the backup saw 🤦🏻♂️ If there’s a silver lining to this failure, it’s that the tree swung exactly where I wanted it to, and it missed the young white oak growing downhill from it.