- Look at the trees around your target tree, and look for branch entanglement with other trees. Never start to cut an entangled tree unless you are highly experienced and know the appropriate methods to control the hazard.
If you look carefully at these three examples, you'll notice that the back-cut is always horizontal. You'll also notice that the back-cut does not always aim at a point exactly an inch above the deepest part of your notch. The back-cut on a Humbolt notch should aim to stop on the other side of the hinge at a point which is an inch above the deepest point of the notch. The back-cut on a Conventional should be slightly more than that, perhaps closer to 2 inches above the deepest part of the notch. It is only the Open-Faced notch which gets a back-cut that is basically aimed at the back of the notch.