In logging, a widow maker is a detached or dead limb that is hanging in another tree. When the limb is shaken loose by a chainsaw or equipment, it can fall on the unsuspecting worker below. This can result in severe injury or even death. Hence the name widow maker. Many logger wives live in fear of being made a widow by the dangers of this job.
Don't Forget to Look Up
The dangers of a widow maker are not just bound to an unsuspecting logger. Taking a walk through your forest can also pose a threat – although a much smaller one. Dead limbs exist in all varieties of trees and particularly in conifers, such as a pine or spruce tree. Keep in mind if you heard a cracking nose overhead to run as fast as you can!