• murphy4trees's Avatar
    9 Hours Ago
    The OP asked can you get it to swing with a rope..... Just to be clear because it sounds like some of us may be talking about swinging without a rope... If you can set the rigging up properly, its easy to swing a limb, even a large limb, which this one isn't, and it doesn't matter how well the wood hinges... If you are talking about swinging it without a rope, I've never been able to get much or a reliable swing by cutting technique alone... Sometimes yes, but sometimes no... Very inconsistent and not something to be trusted in high value scenarios... but its fun to try.. best to do it when you are bombing into wide ope ground This limb was long and right over a nice dogwood... that's high value... there just wasn't optimal places to set the rigging, but just enough to get it to swing away.. also note that we were pre-tensioning with a skid steer loader, which got a lot of lift on that far-reaching limb... That was key <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/puTjkI9qSfs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    21 Hours Ago
    gf beranek replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    Tearing down statues, religious symbols and memorials of the past will only ensure we forget our history and by such we will be sure to repeat it all over again.
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    23 Hours Ago
    Species is mostly irrelevant if the rigging is set right , and a few different cuts can be used effectively.. more important is placement of rope at or near the balance point, maybe well past on real heavy pieces, and pretensioning the lowering line to take a good amount of weight before the cut is made. Need a lot of lift on heavy pieces.. placement of the overhead anchor point is important to ensure it goes your way as well... Pretty amazing the first time you see it! That cut's not in a book to my knowledge
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Absolutely its clear that the groundie didn't let it run at all... might have saved dude's life by holding tight..... angle of the dangle makes a lot of difference in how far a groundie would need to let that piece run to safely clear the climber.. could have been 15' or more. Just hard to tell with that set up.... maybe too far to clear the play house... And there is no way it makes sense to put your life in a groundie's hands when there are so many other options
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Yes, but only very occasionally... like once every couple years... if you are doing it on a regular basis, your rigging game could use some improvement... If the groundie had let that piece run it could have killed the climber.... 6" to 6' would have been disastrous...
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  • TreeMuggs's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Great thread! I actually tried the above several years ago. Most people thought I was crazy. I was just trying to encourage people to haggle more with me, instead of treating my quote as something that was set in stone so that they could call around and try to "beat" my quote. I am focused nowadays on trying to move out of the residential-work side of things. There is just too much competition in my area, everyone has forced the price of tree work down to poverty levels. I hate constantly hunting down new customers. I hate just scraping by. I'm trying to slowly build a roster of commercial and institutional clients with yearly work - golf courses, cemeteries, schools, churches, etc. I wrote up this thing called the integrated tree management plan, which is all based around us doing regular site visits and communicating with our clients about their own trees. Property managers have enough on their plates without having to worry about keeping an eye on all of their trees. Often times they miss issues for a long time that we would pick right up on, and then we don't end up getting called in until it's too late. So I want to flip things around and be more proactive, instead of just sitting around waiting for the phone to ring. It's a big experiment and I haven't actually sold it yet, I'm still working on a pitch and getting some more written material together. I'm not a natural born salesman so I really need to talk myself into knocking on doors and picking up the phone. But that's the plan anyway. Gotta put in the hustle. In regards to the law of attraction, that in itself is a fascinating concept, in a practical way, not a hocus pocus sort of way. I have seen it time after time in my own life. Two of the very first self-help books that I ever read were James Allen's "As A Man Thinketh", and Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich", both of which focus on this concept. Required reading in my opinion. I have read so many business books, but its the mindset stuff that seems to help the most. Fascinating idea about perceived scarcity, that is absolutely true. If there was a practical way to implement that into our regular business I would love to see the effect. But I have no idea how you could actually do that as standard operating procedure. I listened to a great podcast about the guys who invented Airbnb. They said that at the very beginning, everything was fine except for payments. People felt so awkward about handing over money to another person. That is when they tried moving all of the payments over to online, and it fixed the issue entirely. Running all of the payments through a trusted 3rd party made all of the difference. I have thought a lot about that in my own business. Even after doing a huge job for someone, it can still seem awkward at the end, when it comes time for money to exchange hands. I have accepted credit cards for years through my website but hardly anyone ever uses that option. Most people pay with cheques. I have had many people mention how weird it is for them to write me a cheque, they always say something like "you know, I haven't written a cheque in a couple years, I just don't use them anymore these days". And it's true, I don't really use cheques for anything in my own life either. What's the point of saying all that? Not sure. Just something that has been on my mind. Anyway, hope I'm not derailing here, I could ramble on for hours about this stuff. Peace.
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Could be a Classic case of Vaccine injury... right after they get the MMR booster Maybe DPT as well.. Can Pertussis Vaccine Cause Injury or Death? Vaccines are pharmaceutical products and, like all pharmaceutical products, carry a risk of injury or death that can be greater for some than others. The risk for injury or death from vaccination depends upon the vaccine or vaccines given; the individual’s health at time of vaccination; vaccine reaction history; personal or family medical history and whether the child or adult are exposed to other environmental toxins or factors that may affect immune responses to vaccination. There is a gap in medical knowledge in terms of doctors being able to predict who will have an adverse reaction to pertussis vaccination, and who will not.
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Same thing for ANgerls... You want some help from the higher realsm you have to call for it and speak their names outloud
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Cause we did it over years and it only took him the better part of an afternoon!
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    pure stupidity!
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    That's a very well written and thoughtful post and I agree with 99%.. I like and admire the guy.. I think he's got a way better personality than me or anyone else out there for making tree videos ... He's awesome and fun to watch and part of that is watching his mistakes, and remembering back to when we all used to make those mistakes.. and for him to only be climbing for a year is very impressive at his level.. And YES, I have been extremely lucky to be alive and un-scarred, nearly killing myself a handful of times, as I was pretty much self-taught early on... But those days are over and now I trust my instincts about trees and the people that work on them...... If this accident doesn't change his attitude, he'd be better off finding another line of work.. And You beat me to it with this line "people often know just enough to get themselves hurt or killed." Now if that is true about Human, which is a kinder attitude..... to say "heal up brother and get back up the tree" OR "time to rethink your career choice" That's not kicking him when he's down... that's actually trying to save his life and hoping the post here will be read by someone in his position and maybe save that life too!
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    And what was up with the but tie... never used it... I was thinking he could have taken the piece about 6'-8' out from the trunk and he'd have been fine... Also a good example of when using a Humboldt is somewhat dysfunctional... for those that just cut a humboldt on every notch... no need and a waste of time when you have to go and fix it.. they're hard enough to cut on the ground (for and east-coaster)..... Why do it in the air when its harder to match the cuts and see what's going on on the corner
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    No... the guy (Human) that broke his pelvis... Here's the video: Check out it at 11:00 the still of this vid shows the size of the piece that nearly clobbered him <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BfgTdoyB738" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • August Hunicke's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    August Hunicke replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Thanks TH aug
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    gf beranek replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Thank you, August!
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    gf beranek replied to a thread Grove AT635E in Gear Forum
    It was a symphony.
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Where else on the www. can anyone get as quality entertainment as this?
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Nonetheless a great lesson in humility.
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    It was hard to get through, Butch, but I toughed it out.
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    This is life and death... did you see the video????.... I don;t giggle when I see one of my tree cutting brothers come so close to ending his young life ..... This guy is sloppy ... very sloppy!!!, inexperienced and has a cavalier attitude about safety.... Not everyone is cut out for this business.....
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    I went back and tooka nother look at the beginning of the video where he shows the set up and he did have to clear the playground... it was right under the tree here's the comment I left: That's the most intense treework video clip I have seen yet... Thanks for sharing it! Hey Bro... I honestly think you should rethink your career choice... You're making way to many mistakes and taking a far too relaxed attitude about them when you do... You only get so many of those small mishaps and near misses/close calls until some really bad shit happens. Not trying to bust on you bro, REALLY trying to save your life... You've got a great personality for video... shop yourself around to host a reality TV show... SERIOUSLY!..... now that you're out of action for a while take the time to look for a new direction
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    I thought the same thing, especially since he was out there already making a bunch of cuts, which makes you think he was going big for the camera..... I was wondering if the piece needed to clear the playhouse/swingset, or if that was just an optical illusion on the foreground, no where near the tree.. pretty sure it was out of the way, so looks like there was no real reason to tip tie it.... (other than God needed a good example to show the world of why you never tip tie big horizontals) I'd like to hear Reg's take on it..... I've seen him make some similar looking cuts... HOWEVER... He said he was never in danger and its pretty clear he was expecting the pieces to helicopter and prepared for it by moving out of the way... The difference between when a highly experienced pro doing something that looks dangerous but he's actually got it handled quite safely and a rookie getting lucky is often hard to tell just by seeing the video
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  • August Hunicke's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    August Hunicke replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    https://youtu.be/QCdE4l1Kz74 aug
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    That's the most intesne slip of tree work I have ever seen... more intense than the french groundie getting sucked up int the tree... I see a lot of people that are very good climbers tip tie large limbs for no good reason.... The only time that ever makes sense is when you need the clearance... DOWN AND AWAY!!!! is my preference... WTF!!! 6" more play in that rope and he would have been dead! Hard hats could never protect from that kind of force...... And then he almost got nailed by the first rebound and dd get hit on the second rebound.. Might be a good time to reflect on your career choice
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  • RegC's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    RegC replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    It's been big climbs all week. 12 h days. Monday/Tuesday I was on a big dead fir removal over 3 gardens, solo. Felt like Id done a weeks work already. Since then my enthusiasm has gone down hill. Lombardy rigging/removal Wednesday. 3 + cedars and 3 firs reduction pruning today. All between 100 - 130 ft. Just 2 more day/jobs and I'm off for a week. We heading up to a sea side town a couple hours north of here. It cant come soon enough.
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    gf beranek replied to a thread Grove AT635E in Gear Forum
    Impressive, ingenious solution
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Here's the pic of his cut rope
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zT0l1SLKTyQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> I just saw this yesterday on TB.. then wrote this : OK I'll be the bad guy and say it since no one else has: While he seems like a really good guy with a great personality for TV, he showed a lot of sloppy work and had a real casual attitude towards his and the crew's mistakes. The one where he cuts the rope was such a poor decision, I'd think it was staged if I saw it on reality TV.... And I only watched a few minutes of his videos... Every young climber is going to make mistakes, and while its's amazing that he is so willing to show them to the world, his attitude about them sucked.. he was way too casual. Taking a "no big deal" attitude towards mistakes is asking for trouble. There is a mathematical formula that is fairly accurate in this business. You only get so many small mishaps and close calls before something much worse, such as a major injury or death, happens.... He's lucky the fall was only 25' , not 50! Unless you have an safety conscious attitude the odds are heavily stacked against you in this business... That means taking every small mistake and near miss, and even any unexpected outcome (even if it did no harm) very seriously. Every nicked rope, every scratch with the hand saw, every rigging mistake needs to be thoroughly mentally reviewed , and then discussed with the crew where appropriate. How could things have been done differently? How can we make sure this doesn't happen again? Is there a policy that we could put in place to make this action safer? Do I need to work on my fundamentals.... like getting better body position relative to the cut? Do we need to fire this guy before he kills himself??? I've seen it in action before... Told a climber he shouldn't be in the the business... He was way to casual about safety and I knew something bad was going to happen... Within a year he had fallen and broken his back doing some stupid little mistake, belaying out of a pine spar... On the the other hand I've seen a young climber that used to make a lot of mistakes turn into one of the best tree climbers that ever walked the earth. The difference was in his attitude. He wanted to get better, and learn from his mistakes and be the best and safest he could be... He was actually getting ready to climb this medium walnut early on, and I said I didn't like his tie in... we both pulled on the climbing line together and broke the limb right out... So Corey if you're listening, I expect this post to sting a bit, but I hope you can look at it from the viewpoint that I AM trying to save your life, and help everyone here develop a better attitude towards safety. I hope this accident, which could have been sooo much worse, helps you change your attitude. If not, you should get out of the tree business... Maybe you should think about moving to LA and taking acting lessons anyhow. With your personality and physique, you could make it in the movies.. Wish you well with it either way bro!
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Born (1968) and raised in the Alaskan bush. No power, no running water my entire childhood. We lived almost entirely off the land, eating salmon and moose meat primarily. Bought rice, beans, and wheat in large sacks periodically. My father was originally from Southern California but after Vietnam wasn't welcomed home. He made his own home with my beautiful mother in Hatcher Pass Alaska, far from stores and cars and highways. He built the log cabin I was born in. He delivered me and my brothers and sisters there and raised us up working hard. He read us the bible and taught us about God. I'm not ashamed of it nor do I think I have to plead with anyone to "get saved." Growing up, I was embarrassed at times by where we lived and thought we were poor because we didn't have light switches and drive a k car. Now I know we were rich. Rich in substance and heart and capability. I thought I was lazy as a child because I didn't look forward to all the hard work. I found out later when I entered the work force in the tree and also commercial fishing industries that I was not lazy but in fact stood out as a hard worker. I live in Oregon now, 2 miles from my now civilized parents (light switches and all) because they moved here. I have a beautiful wife and little ones. I want them to be close to my parents. Home is wherever my parents go and I intend to carry on the legacy of love of my father until I die in all my relationships, including here at the Tree House.
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