A lumberjack from Atlanta shared a video of an unexpected tree split that had him running to safety in mid-cut. Everything was fine at the beginning. He was cutting the tree with a chainsaw without problems, until something strange happened.
The tree unexpectedly splits vertically during the cut, causing Russell to run away as a large portion of the plant comes crashing to earth. He said the video shows an example of what’s known as a “barber chair split”.
A barber chair occurs when a tree being felled delaminates vertically before the hinge is cut thin enough to bend. The term refers to the sliding action of the old style barber chair that positioned patrons in a head down, feet up position so the barber could more easily shave with the straight razor.