Faceplate Hollow

Using a chainsaw a large ‘faceplate’ is cut from the tree, a cavity is created within the internal trunk behind that cut, then the faceplate is reattached, usually with an entrance hole bored through it, or through the trunk to meet the internal cavity.

This is a versatile method but is not suitable for live trees; the wound is far too wide, thus greatly impacting tree health and structure. Additionally, the faceplate of live wood will more than likely split over time due to shrinkage.

The Faceplate method is best used on dead trees that have been pruned to reduce the crown above the wound.