The three vertical trenches in the trunk and chips below look similar to the work of pileated woodpeckers. In wood that soft, that is not a long job for a pileated woodpecker.
Yep...that would be my guess. A pileated woodpecker is like a chainsaw with wings......and a REALLY hearty laugh !
Wow that is impressive. Never really knew much about woodpeckers so this is really interesting.
THANKS for the info and photos!!!!!