We used to see some of the butts that had been cut off when loggers were making poles like that Herb, either Douglas fir or cedar. Just a few miles up the road from my house there used to be a bunch of cedar stumps with springboard holes in the sides. I don't know if they are still there. Cedar was usually a little rotten at the stump and had too much root flare so they would just cut them off higher up instead of cutting that part off after it hit the ground.
Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.