The Wooden Hand is an attempt to connect Climbing Arborists to trees and the culture of Arboriculture and not only through the normal modes of rope technique and safety but in novel and creative ways.  

The Wooden Hand ran a week long workshop in 2015, 2017 and will again this year.  People gather from all over Japan and listen to a variety of subjects from male and female presenters and there is always one or two or three international guest speakers.  This year Kevin Bingham will join us.

The Wooden Hand is indebted to our friend and fellow Arborist Robert Knott, who has deepened our physical understandings through a subject that we call Body Sense.  Body Sense goes further into the intricacies of ‘technique’ than any standard training mode that I know of, it connects our spirits to our bodies and our bodies to the earth and creates the potential for powerful climbing interactions.

The Wooden Hand workshops have been graced and inspired by Arborists, Dancers, Aroma Artists, Photographers, Musicians and this year I will attempt to design a workshop that integrates all of these subjects at locations in Kihokuchou (Owase) in Mie prefecture.  Mr Hayami has again agreed to let us use his FSC certified woodland and we will ask permission from Toyoura Shrine.  These locations are coastal and the deep blue of the autumnal Pacific quite literally knock ones socks off.  We are looking to use a third location this year next to the spectacular Choushi river.

The Wooden Hand is for Arborists, irregardless of affiliations and I look forward to meeting you and climbing together.

豊浦神社      Toyoura Shrine

速水林業      Hayami Forest