Paul, this is great news! All summer my husband (with his shiny new chainsaw and his other sharp implements) and I kept agreeing that the enormous maple tree in the back yard that has turned my lovely new sunny raised bed into a forced shade garden must be pruned, but what with one thing and another, be never got around to it. He has ALL of January off from school - now if only it would warm up just enough so he can move his fingers, I'll show him your excellent article!
this is great news for me also--i had a lot of trees trimmed last year and every so often my husband or i do a little trimming--i am sorry to say but we just cut with no realy plan---now i have an idea of what to do--and you made it all so easy and concise!! i did not know about the down ward branches or the two thick ones needing to be pruned--and the angle pictures really helped --