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    https://youtu.be/lnlMHMddyJg aug
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    Thanks guys, Sounds interesting Buddy. I'm hoping this Ax will be "ax"-calibur aug
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    I knew Gene, and had his book for years. Loaned it out... It was cross-cut saws, axes, manila rope and leather saddles when he started.
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    RegC replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Nice work
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    August Hunicke replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    hahaha, we talked about being "control freaks" while bending them in. aug
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    https://youtu.be/U5S2R9bCpik aug
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
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    Small circus ambitions will always live on. Theater and the arts. It's a basal trait of man kind. A good one.
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    gf beranek replied to a thread Big chipper in Gear Forum
    Could it just be an audio artifact?
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    gf beranek replied to a thread Big chipper in Gear Forum
    Better than the Big Crush. I could watch that machine work like it were a camp fire. Awesome!
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    A true lesson we all learn in the trade. If not, then you'r probably dead.
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    You' re right Willie. Been there done that with lifts. Being just short of what you feel is right and despite the fact you decide to go for the Hail Mary Cut. It's a perplexing problem with lifts, and the feeling you get in that situation you'll never forget. Oh, Baby!
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    Was there a defect in the spar where it broke?
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    It's becoming an epidemic. Not bad as, "Night of the Living Dead", yet. But it's sure getting closer every day. Lord, there's crazies everywhere!
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    here's a cut from Friday. Pretty heavy front lean to this massive maple... certainly enough to BBC the trunk... The fibers ripping out slowly actually gives just another second or two for escape and plunge cut guarantees no BBC... there are other methods as well to prevent BBC but this IMO should be the first one taught
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    Outcrops of basalt lava, vast stands of old-growth Douglas fir, high running mountain rivers, the moss draping forests of coastal red cedar, and beaver ponds thousands of feet up into the mountains. Oh my, such magnificent country! The GTG was pretty good, too. Good times to say the very least. Thanks, B!
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    gf beranek replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Yep!
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
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    rain or shine!
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    Ya, thanks, Levi, was as nice as a LA could get. I have even done periodic focused and professional EWR on it for years. Yep, pool conflict. aug
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    The double whammy...
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    Works well until you learn not to leave stubs then its best used on small limbs
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    RegC replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Chinese lady tried to add on about 3 extra hours of work upon arrival today. Was quite a drive to the job, and I had Dave with me at $300. I said I'd have to increase the cost....she refused to accept it. I worked for her before, so wasn't surprised at her tactic. She looked surprised when I said goodbye, and drove off. Thankfully we were able to drop on another job to salvage the day. The previous day I took out a big fir for a contract climber, who'd scored the job but wanted me to do it. Honestly, treework often feels so easy it's like I'm not even working. Feel like I'm weightless at the moment. I'm definitely ready for some time away....I've been getting really bored with it off late.
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    Thanks I call it hi-vis-treehouse aug
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    Ya, good move Mick aug
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    Thanks Sean aug
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    Thanks Jer. We got to get together again soon. aug
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    gf beranek replied to a thread Petzl Pantin Failure in Gear Forum
    Boy, that's a big dif, B. You know, just an extra half ounce of metal in the just right places can make some tools last forever.
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    You occasionally see it in the Douglas fir here. More so in the old-growth, I recall. The seams can literally hold gallons of pitch and make a mess. I've had to pull the saw out of the cut and wait for it to quit draining. Gurgling and sucking air all the while.
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    One would probably look pretty good fitted to a lower torso mannequin.
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    There's lots of ways to go. Lord, some ways can be pretty grim.
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    gf beranek replied to a thread Teach me to cut fast in Chainsaws!
    A good breathing / running saw with a sharp chain and a good bar with a length of say 24 inches. Now, with that a given, in the hands of 3 different people, such a saw cutting a 30 inch stem the times can vary by as much as 5 seconds. Just by technique alone. We had competitions many times out on the job. Same saw, same log. Just different people running it. Our competitions were friendly and base solely on improving ones technique.
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    My belts lacked buckles. So, they were non-adjustable. The fit was purely custom to the individual. If you gained any weight at all it would be troublesome to impossible to get the saddle on. Even the clothes you wore affected the fit. The only recourse would be to re-weave the saddle, or to have more than one. Fact I had 3 for those reasons. The non-adjustable feature would make production of the saddle impractical. With the hardware, though, anyone could build their own, in a few hours, with just a hank of rope.
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    It sure is a good logo. I doubt there are many climbers today familiar with the early production climbing saddles offered to arborists in the 1960s and 70s. One, called the Klein "NyBuck" Arborist climbing saddle" was a true instrument of pain. NyBuck (trademark by Klein Tools back in the day) was the material they used in the manufacture of lineman's adjustable lanyards. The process of manufacturing NyBuck is akin to making a multiple ply rubber tire, and just as stiff. Dimension wise NyBuck strap is about a quarter of an inch thick by 2.5 inches wide. The saddle was a leg type. Consisting of 1 adjustable waist strap, 2 adjustable leg straps, and a fixed bridge. The waist strap and leg straps incorporated a large steel buckle that made the fit possible for a number of sizes. The buckles, btw, were the same used in the manufacture of Kline's lanyards. All 4 components were sewn and riveted, (3 layers thick for waist strap, 4 layers thick for the bridge, 2 layers thick on the leg straps) to a Kline "circle D". Now the D rings (2) laid flat against the front of your hips. Similar to a halter harness. If you unbuckled the saddle it would lay out completely flat. The Bridge did have a fixed D in the middle for tying into. However, the saddle lacked any functional D-rings for using a lanyard. You had to snap into the Ds, which were, of course, laying flat against your hips. If you can imagine the difficulty and the pain! Side note: NyBuck strapping, when sewn and riveted in multiple layers, does not bend to conform to the soft flesh of one's waist or legs. Oh, not at all. I did a search to try and find an image of the saddle to post here. Some images were close, but none of what I seen were the real McCoy. However, I did find one image that closely matched the same style of construction. As a climbing belt it had more hard spots than a rocky road. And it was the reason so many arborists, back in the day, made they own belts. My own designs, if any of you recall, eliminated all the hard spots.
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    Must be wearing contacts, now, I see. Ah, but Lasik maybe?
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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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