4 Easy Ways to Make Additional Income with Your Scrap Wood

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 7/25/2018 to Climbing News
4 Easy Ways to Make Additional Income with Your Scrap Wood

As you probably already know, being in the Tree Industry is high risk, but high reward. It’s actually rated the #1 most dangerous job in the USA. It can also be costly to start up and maintain, but again, the rewards are also high.


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5 Vacations In the USA for the Tree Lover

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 7/25/2018 to Climbing News
5 Vacations In the USA for the Tree Lover

If you’re looking for a vacation that also serves as a tree lover destination you can pull into this park and be in instant and unmatched awe! Sequoia National Park is full of simply breathtaking, unbelievable trees that reach to the sky at heights most of us have never seen before!


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Some Love for Our Under-Appreciated Gear

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 7/25/2018 to Tree Climbing Gear
Some Love for Our Under-Appreciated Gear

Have you ever thought about all the gear that you use on a daily basis? Have you thought about the harness that you put on everyday or the biners that get beat up at the bottom of your gear bag? How about some of the stuff that is your “go to” gear that is surely getting used and, more than likely, slightly abused day-after-day? We want to give a huge shout out to all that under-appreciated gear that keeps holding tons of weight or makes your day easier without you ever giving it a second thought. Here’s to you, lowly, under-appreciated gear!


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The Importance of Caring for Your Boots

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 7/25/2018 to Climbing News
The Importance of Caring for Your Boots

If you read our other blog post about some of the most under-appreciated gear that we use daily, then you know how much boots take a beating without a second thought. Our boots help keep our feet warm in the winter and keep our feet dry through the wet spring, and all we do is keep walking them through mud and whatever else nasty we come across daily! On top of that we wedge them into crotches that pull and prod at their soles, trying to tear them from the very foot bed that makes them comfortable! We figured if we were going to beat on the boots all day long, then we should write a blog post on caring for your boots as well!


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The Bartlett Interview: A Woman’s Perspective from Sara

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 6/28/2018 to Climbing News
The Bartlett Interview: A Woman’s Perspective from Sara

We continue our interview series with a discussion with Sara, who provides a woman’s perspective on the tree climbing industry.


Bartlett:
So tell us who you are and how long you have been in the tree climbing industry:

Sara:

My name is Sara and I’ve been a tree trimmer officially since March of 2017. I started on the (IBEW Local 17) property in Nov, 2016.

Bartlett:
What do you like most about being in the tree industry?


Sara: 

I love being outside. I like the freedom and that everything is a challenge. It’s something you can’t study for. You have to go out and do it. It’s always working your brain; it’s not just manual labor or brute force.


I like that trees are all over the world and the service we provide is something that’s always going to be needed.


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Ground Protection: Plywood vs. Alturna Mats

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 6/28/2018 to Tree Climbing Safety
Ground Protection: Plywood vs. Alturna Mats

How many times have you wanted to start a job, but the day before it rains? Or what about those times when the frost just started leaving the ground and every single yard you try to work in is a sinkhole? Or lastly, the dread of working in the yard with the perfect landscaping that you don’t dare make one divot in the lawn? These are all situations that we, as tree company owners and employees, find ourselves in day in and day out! One of the best investments you can make when it comes to these problems is a bunch of Alturna Mats!


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Top 5 Questions that Homeowners Ask Us

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 6/28/2018 to Climbing News
Top 5 Questions that Homeowners Ask Us

We decided to have a little bit of fun with this next blog post by going through the top 5 questions that homeowners ask us! I’m sure you’ve been asked ALL of these questions many times when on the job, on the phone, or maybe even at the grocery store with your work shirt on! We are going to try to answer these top questions that homeowners ask us as professionally and knowledgeably as possible. Hopefully, you can take our answers and use them the next time these questions are posed to you.


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Further Adventures on Belle Isle: Jake Carufel of Canopy Climber Tree Care

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 6/25/2018 to Climbing News
Further Adventures on Belle Isle: Jake Carufel of Canopy Climber Tree Care

Last month we told you about the volunteer project we helped out with on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan. This month we want to give you a breakdown of some of the cool tricks and techniques we used to get some of these big logs out of the canals and onto shore! We talked with Jake Carufel who used to work for Bartlett Arborist Supply, but now runs his own company, Canopy Climber Tree Care, out of Port Huron, Michigan. Jake is a Certified Arborist, as well as the 2016 Michigan Tree Climbing Champion, so it’s always fun to catch up and see what types of cool climbing tricks that he and other climbers are employing to get the job done! Jake wrote the following account that details what he used to suspend himself over the water and make the cuts without getting wet.


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Lower Limbs With Ease Using the Port a Wrap

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 5/31/2018 to Tree Climbing Gear
Lower Limbs With Ease Using the Port a Wrap

When it comes to being a tree climber, one of the best things you can ask for is a good groundie who is capable of keeping up with the brush, making sure that most everything is done when you get out of the tree, and, most importantly, great at running ropes! There is nothing better than taking the top of a tree and watching and – more importantly – feeling the top come slowly and steadily to a stop before touching the ground. That is what a good groundie is capable of. It makes your day way less stressful and go more smoothly. It also makes it possible to talk to your significant other when you get home at night instead of losing your voice halfway through the day from screaming at someone on the ground or from screaming in pain from busting your ribs on the spar as you get jerked around 50’ off the ground!


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The Bartlett Interview: Dan Thornton

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 5/31/2018 to Tree Climbing Gear
The Bartlett Interview: Dan Thornton

So we did an interview with some climbers that we are friends with a couple weeks ago. We pretty much just asked them some basic questions to see how they felt about the industry, climbing gear, any tree climbing tips they may have, and what keeps them going every single day! Our first interview is with Dan Thornton, who, if any of you have been to MTCC (Michigan Tree Climbing Championships) you’ve probably met him or talked to him behind the tape of some of the events or threw a disc around after the comp in the parking lot. Dan has always been willing to come help out with volunteer projects and is a great worker that is starting to make a name for himself in the industry. We were super happy to meet up with him and get his thoughts on what he sees going on in the tree industry! So here we go!


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The Spiderjack Helps You Fluidly Move Through Trees

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 5/31/2018 to Tree Climbing Gear

Does anyone remember back a few years when a little video came out on Youtube called Spiderjackery? The video showed a climber in Australia doing a mock work climb in a giant Eucalyptus tree. The greatest thing about this video was how fluidly the climber moved throughout the tree and how flawless his climbing was. Every swing was spot on and every landing on the limb was as smooth as butter! Let’s take a look at the video and break down some cool bits of what was going on!


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Climbing Community Bands Together to Help Maintain Historic Belle Isle

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 5/31/2018 to Climbing News
Climbing Community Bands Together to Help Maintain Historic Belle Isle

Before Bartlett Arborist Supply moved to the country roads of Marlette Michigan, over 100 years ago the company started in a small home in Detroit – Michigan’s Motor City. But there’s more to Detroit than just cars, abandoned buildings, and the current uprise of the city center.
Belle Isle is a beautiful 982 acre island rich in nature, history, and community. You cross over the Detroit River by bridge, leaving the cement jungle and high rise buildings behind to find yourself traveling down a road that will bring you to beaches, boats, historic buildings, parks, even an aquarium, and an astounding Conservatory holding everything from 40 ft tall tropical plants, delicate cactuses, and a fern garden, to rare flowering plants and fruit trees.


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Unsafe Climbing Practices: A Hard Habit to Break

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 4/27/2018 to Tree Climbing Safety
Unsafe Climbing Practices: A Hard Habit to Break

One of the most interesting things about tree work is the way that we all tend to learn the trade. We learn from those around us, and in many companies this is all the training we get. A great term I heard in the past is that we are all “Work Isolated,” meaning that we might all essentially be doing the same thing, but we may be doing it completely different because we never really see the way that other companies are doing it. This was very true before the rise of the Internet and social media such as Facebook and Instagram. Now we have the ability to see what someone else is doing on the other side of the globe in a matter of minutes! So let me tell you a story from my past from right about the time that the tree industry was discovering Facebook!


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A Solidur Pair of Chainsaw Pants

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 4/27/2018 to Tree Climbing Gear
A Solidur Pair of Chainsaw Pants

Several years ago I remember looking through an arborist supply catalog while sitting in the bucket truck at lunch. In it I saw an ad for a pair of chainsaw pants that cost $300 and my mind was blown! “Who in the hell would pay $300 for a pair of pants?” was all I could muster under my breath. The guys sitting next to me felt the same way! That was crazy! Our blue jeans cost a fraction of that and I could buy 10, heck 15 pair for the price of this one pair of pants! But, I must say, the thought of having a pair of chainsaw pants had planted a small seed inside of my head, even if I was bewildered about how I could afford a pair!


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Remove Limbs Easier with the Rigging Wrench

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 4/27/2018 to Tree Climbing Gear
Remove Limbs Easier with the Rigging Wrench

Have you ever been up in a tree and needed to lift some limbs, maybe to clear a roof or overhand, but also needed to immediately have some sort of friction on the rope because the pieces were too heavy for your ground guy to hold them? Many times when I was doing line clearance, we would find ourselves in these situations where we were lifting limbs off of or over power lines, but also needed at immediate friction to help us lower the limbs. We tried to have someone lifting while the other was taking up slack with the Port a Wrap, but that never really kept all the slack out of the system, and if the piece came off too early, there were way too many hands near the Port a Wrap to let something run at the correct time. So, as always, Kevin Bingham, who invented the Rope Wrench and Rope Runner, came up with a super cool use for the already popular Rope Wrench: the Rigging Wrench!


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