|Trail runs through the center of most of these pictures.|
Not all tree species coppice or pollard well. Those that do are often ones that evolved in a "fire ecology" and their survival depended upon rapid resprouting. Others evolved in flood plains where flood-borne trash would scour the above-ground portions of woody shrubs and trees away thus favoring trees that could resprout freely from the roots.
My first iteration of pollard has 12' trunks in the hopes of getting some fence posts or sawlogs out of the venture. The second generation has 5'-to-6' trunks to make lopping the limbs ergonomically friendly. Working from a ladder is awkward, risky and slow.
|This pollard will look like a palm tree by mid-summer.|
|This Black Locust was culled due to being excessively thorny. The cuts at 1, 4 and 9 O'clock were filled with herbicide solution to discourage resprouting.|
|A quarter added to close-up for sense of scale. Black Locust is notable for its rot-resistant heartwood and for the very high ratio of heartwood-to-sap wood.|