Wooden People

Robert 'Nod' Knott.  Oxford, UK. 

 Passion for tree work has the capacity to enrich ones moment with trees.  You make this your own thing and create a world around it.  It becomes a point of reference from which we relate to other things.  We become immersed and maybe a bit lost but it’s okay because we can find a sense in being lost in our moments.  So for me this passion has offered a path to touch a little, the spirit within the tree and myself at the same moment.  To feel humble in the presence of great trees and seek a path for others to experience their own passion.

ツリーワークを通してあなたの周りに創造していくことができる。それは僕達が関係する他の物事に対する基準点にもなる。我々は没頭し見失うこともあるかも知れないが、大丈夫、なぜならそれは我々の見失うという感覚を見いだすことができるからだ。そう 僕にとってこの情熱はそれぞれ樹木と僕自身の中にある魂にほんの少し触れることができる機会を与えてくれる。



Eric Whipple.  Massachusetts, USA. 

My passion for tree work has morphed and grown immensely since the start. I began my career with a position as a feller at a small family owned land clearing business. A year later, I moved to another logging company, into a position as an operator of heavy equipment (feller bunchers, skidders, loaders, whole tree chippers, etc...). Eventually, I came to a point at which I started building my own tree care business as a means to live by my values, and nurture a desire to climb and care for trees. I adopted Single Rope Technique very early on, and it has taken over my approach to climbing. Through TCIA, I have worked as a lead instructor at SRT Climbing Workshops throughout the U.S., and authored an SRT climber training manual. I have also been fortunate enough to develop some tree climbing gear, including a Rope Wrench tether, the ArbPro Clip'N Step boots, and soon, a folding dual handled ascender. I enjoy being outdoors and tree care has been a life changing means of keeping my hands, my mind, and my spirit feeling passionate and alive.

 僕たちの社会の中において、僕たちは常に進歩し続けなければと感じる。成長に焦点を当てその結果たくさんのものを犠牲にしている。我々の周りにあるものに目を向けようとしないという事は我々自身そしてお互いに目を向けようとしないという事になる。樹木に目を向けないという事は我々の過去に目を向けないということ、そして未来に対しても。大事な事は、樹木は我々が返せるもの以上に素晴らしいものだということ、その木陰で休息させてくれたり、酸素を供給してくれたり、果実を実らせてくれたり、僕たちの気持ちを引き上げてくれる力もある。そして登りまた登るのだ。今あるものを保護し新たな成長を見守りながら樹木との関係を築き続けていけたらと願う。講習会日程- 以下4つの科目から選択して受講すること ができます。

Paul Poynter.  Nagano, Japan. 

 An arborist must build up many sides of themselves in order to be great.  The technical side of tree work is fascinating, almost a never ending exploration, though a truly great arborist must stop themselves to remember that technique is not the destination, the tree, and the human capacity for intellectual, physical and spiritual discourse towards it, is the destination.




Seiji Komatsu. Nagano, Japan. 

 Personally I think that human beings can not live without trees.  My theme is how we live with trees.  Human beings try to live securely and without suffering and strive to make their urban environment modern and relevant and as they construct they seem to take away from nature.  Aiming for a sustainable life with trees and other forms of nature, aiming for a correct balance is always interesting and important.  Don’t you think that this is right? In many ways the human nature is similar to the tree as it is formed by its local environment, climate and other influence so we need many ideas to form a good balance and because of this the tree job is always different and it is never boring.



豊かな生活にするためにも樹と人間、その他の環境も含めてどの様にバランスを取っていくのか?とても興味深いと思わないか? 人間の性格は樹と一緒でそれぞれの土地風土によって多様化しています。バランスのとり方も一つじゃない。樹 の仕事は毎回変化があって飽きないよね。

Kokous.  Nagano, Japan.


Michael Popham, Bristol, UK.

I began studying arboriculture as soon as I could, pressing to be allowed onto a course early and moving hundreds of miles from my home at the age of 16 to study at Myerscough in the UK. I soon realised that I loved to underpin my techniques, equipment and practices I was using in the trees with an in-depth understanding of thier mechanics and physics, hungry for more knowledge to enhance my ability I began a long journey which pulled on the knowledge and experience of many manufacturers and from multiple industries porting what I could across to my arboricultural practices and passing this new awareness onto others.

  I hold a firm belief that a greater level of practical and theoretical knowledge and experience helps us to become safer and, perhaps even more importantly, more productive practitioners. I have been involved in reviewing and investigating many serious accidents, some of which could have been avoided or their consequences mitigated by a better understanding of the practical implications of the theory.

The thing I love most about working in trees is to see theory, physicality and communication of a well practiced team come together in perfect harmony, especially when rigging, seemingly complex operations performed with a fluidity and ease that makes the job both, easier, safer and quicker.

In my teaching I try to couple a few useful techniques and set-ups with the core principles and underlying theory of our operations, encouraging participants to go on to develop their own practices making decisions and choices that will best fit their applications, environment and team dynamics and company structure.

Joe Harris, Australia.

A friend said she wanted to be a tree surgeon, when I was still trying to be something else.  I remembered being curious about what that was - a tree surgeon? - for many years whilst trying to be all sorts of other things.  But I became one by accident, and it stuck.  

Hiroshi Okaue, Nagano, Japan.

Each of us, trees and humans have a great life force, and I respect that. 

I have this feeling both when I'm climbing in the tree or am standing by the tree on the ground.

The work site is always a balance between pleasing the client and finding the best solution for the tree, I hope that both are satisfied with my result.

I've met so many wonderful people and trees through tree work and hope to continue to do so.