However, when things don't quite go right... it's time for plan b... or c...
This isn't a very good picture, but if you look closely, you can see the very taut chain and cable stretched between the tree and pickup. You can also see the large notch on the north side of the tree. You can also see our neighbor frantically pounding a wedge into the 45 degree cut he has made on the south side of the tree because his blade keeps getting pinched.
You know what that means, right? It means that the tree is leaning toward the south instead of the north as the cut grows deeper. At about this point in time, everyone helping out scrambled to move any nearby vehicles out of harms way.
Fortunately, it went EXACTLY in the opposite direction, neither to the east or to the west. It missed the garage and barn and did no damage whatsoever. If they hadn't had witnesses, they would have told us this is what they planned to do all along.
In the end, lots of firewood for warm fires in the years to come (it's too wet to use this year), and trees out of the way for the new construction. Not a bad days work.