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Question: What does it mean to hat rack a tree?

Comments re article 45445 Rescue Mission Complete Family is back homeWendy Butler Burt writes:
What does it mean to "hat rack" a tree? - Wendy Butler Burt
That's a question for Barbara Armitage and M.E. Lewis or Billy Joe Fudge. We do have a photo of a typical hat racked tree, but no explanation as to why it's called that. -EW

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A typical hat racked tree

2011-07-09 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Innocent Bystander.
Wendy Burt wants an explanation of what is meant by the term "to hat rack a tree." Here a photo of a typical one, but the explanation of why it's called that would have to come from someone with more tree knowledge, like B.J. Fudge, M.E. Lewis, or Barbara Armstrong.

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