Bruce, proudly aged 70, working the spruce.
They methodically set to work, with Bruce gradually climbing the trees with his chain saw and pole saw, and Earl handling the pieces that were cut from the trunk. Branches were removed on the climb up, and trunks were segmented on the way down, and then the chipper went to work. Our exposure to the road and views to the mountains were suddenly opened up, sacrificing some shade on the house but eliminating the fear of crashing trees during our regular raging winds. We now have a pile of chips composting for future use, and a pile of rather large trunk sections that are gradually being relocated to the woods. The clump of ash trees was also pruned, which had the added benefit of becoming firewood- unfortunately the evergreens are not useful for indoor burning.
Once the towering white pine was down on the ground, we found rot where the tree trunk forked, and so we felt especially grateful to have it removed before the winter storms start blowing.