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Pruning a large American Elm picture
« on: September 03, 2017, 11:43:55 PM »
Shared from the Ancient Forests and Champion Trees Facebook page. Crazy positions of the men, and one crazy ladder! A great Facebook page to like by the way.

 

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Re: Pruning a large American Elm picture
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2017, 06:58:48 AM »
No way would I even climb that ladder!!! I do see the 2 props for it.
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Re: Pruning a large American Elm picture
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2017, 09:06:51 AM »
Wow!
There is a lot going on in the picture but I see more questions than answers.
One question comes to mind is if these guys did this often how long were their careers?
How did they get that big ladder up there, and so on.

Thanks for posting this.

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Re: Pruning a large American Elm picture
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2017, 09:59:38 AM »
That's one big elm. We had one of those ladders when I was on the local fire dept. It would reach 60ft called a Bangor ladder and it took a crew of 6 to stand up.

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Re: Pruning a large American Elm picture
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2017, 10:09:56 AM »
My palms get sweaty just looking at it. That is crazy think_not
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Re: Pruning a large American Elm picture
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2017, 08:49:03 PM »

One question comes to mind is if these guys did this often how long were their careers?

Thanks for posting this.

I have a similar picture of my father in elm trees in Wisconsin.  He lived to be 100 if that answers your question.

Many of these tree surgeons worked for Davey Tree Services in the 1920's.  They would trim the elm trees along the boulevards in eastern cities and swing from tree to tree using their ropes.  I have heard many wonderful stories about his experiences.
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Re: Pruning a large American Elm picture
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2017, 06:11:38 PM »
Sure looks like extremely risky work no matter how skilled or careful a person was.

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Re: Pruning a large American Elm picture
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2017, 07:02:27 AM »
The cemetery is filled with heroes.  :o
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