• gf beranek's Avatar
    10 Hours Ago
    I don't have any posters. Gave them all away years ago. Thanks you all for your utmost support with this.
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  • Bixler's Avatar
    23 Hours Ago
    I loved that truck...sad to see her go. Probably should let Stephan know cuz I think he had 1st dibbs!
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    I have 2 Fundamentals of General Tree Work on the auction block for the benefit of the Blaster. That is 2 books to the highest bidder. Not 2 different auctions. Starting bid is $100 bugs. Remember, this is to benefit Butch! Both books will be signed by me on the Author's page, and then I'll send them to Butch to sign and personalize to the highest bidder. Auction will end on Friday Oct 19, 2018, at a random time. Good luck!
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    From the look of your avatar, you get your top side notches set up just right... me too! I always want to be able to trust my cuts, which starts with setting up a good notch, so I can trust my life to it when it's needed upstairs.... no place to run, so cut it right or die!
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Shigo was clear about the importance of properly defining arboricutural (is that a word???) terms.Without clear definitions there is no way to have an intelligent conversation... It's clearly not a spear cut..... you could call it a variation of the spear cut, which would make it "not a spear cut"... Spear cut refers to a cut small diameter uprights or nearly upright limbs... the saw is raced through quickly cutting at a very steep angle from top to bottom, so the piece drops straight off the cut without any forward rotation.... Here there is actually three separate cuts made to form a notch and back cut, with the intention of having the top move some 10-15+ degrees before the face closes and then having the piece drop off... This cut, the stangle can be used on large diameter trees and limbs... It's a much different cut than a spear cut though it may look similar to the non-professional.. Guess that's you boss !!! ;) Seriously though, the distinction is important... could mean the difference between life and death... We all have worked hard to get where we are, so let's not get lazy with the language now! thanks
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Peace on Earth, but that's really dreaming.
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Who would have ever thought. Pesky fly.
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    5 Days Ago
    gf beranek replied to a thread Paypal in Business Management
    My biggest gripe about it all is you can not get a live person online, or on the phone, to resolve an issue. I had a similar problem with UPS, a great company by the way, but try to get a live person on line, or a phone, to resolve an issue. Forget it. It forces you to give up. It burns me to a crisp. ack!!
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    gf beranek replied to a thread Paypal in Business Management
    I lost several transactions from the UK, amounting to a couple hundred $$ US, through Pay Pal, Not that much, but without any resolve. Even after spending hours on line, and on the telephone trying to get a live person to get it fixed. They must make a million every day just by screwing small operators like me. Paypal is the biggest sham on the internet As far as I'm concerned anyway. Others may have had better business with them.
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    That green fly is beautiful. very clear.
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    What a dirty trick.
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    5 Days Ago
    cute. I love it when animals play together.
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Some programs can take out the blur and leave just the sharp. Making for great depth of field.
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Not sure if it was hung or not.. after the stangle cut failed to release, I just took a step back and looked at the situation on the ground and thought "I can get another 18" of drop here", which was in alignment with my "use everything to your advantage" philosophy.
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eUQ1p2QPdxU" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> Vertical snap cut demo
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  • RegC's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    They both, boadleaves and conifers have for and against, Jon. Some of dead, rotten firs Ive climbed out here have perhaps put me in the most dangerous situations I can remember. They might be more simplistic in theory, but the state and form of the tree, matched with an unfavorable location might demand every ounce of your experience, intuition and focus to get through the job safely. Not for the faint hearted, as they say. We can only do our best Jon, you know how it is mate
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  • RegC's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Hi Jon. Its Its currently tallest recorded Spruce, not the tallest tree. A redwood holds that title. For arguments sake, theres records of Douglas fir reaching 450ft here in BC, but were long since cut down. Im not really any more or less tired of climbing poles. I go through bored stages, but thats it. Nice to hear from you
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  • RegC's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Definitely Stig. That and a compact slingshot to advance the throwline. The first 200 would still take some time. Beyond that looks a lot easier. Pure speculation of course because the river will be too high and fast to cross within a matter of weeks. Couple times there I was waste deep and struggling to stay upright
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    It's reliably unreliable when cut well... which translates to it works well on front leaners.. but if you have any doubt about the lean or are hoping to get some help from the hinge to fight a bit of side lean or wind, you should look for another option if there is anything of value at risk...
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    No bind on that cut when set with a plunge cut ...... I bought a couple wedges a month or two ago, but they're both still virgins...
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  • RegC's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Thanks. There's super tall trees throughout that whole area....much of which has never been explored. Its easy to believe that theres way taller trees than the giant, spruce and hemlock more specifically....you dont have to look too far. Like the hemlock in the pic below, could easily be a record tree, but who has time and means to find out. Not to mention the stuff you spot with the drone, but locating on foot could take forever. Its a cool place, Ill say that again.
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Pure beauty, Reg. The southern most limit for the Sika Spruce is right here in my back yard, in Jug Handle Creek, Mendocino County California. There was no market for the spruce here and so the grove was left to stand. Great! One specimen there is about 12 ft by 234 ft. tall with a broke out top. Would have exceeded 250 before the break, I'm sure. Gorgeous Trees. Thank you for sharing.
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  • RegC's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    So climbing the giant would mean camping the night before I suppose. Because those first 200 feet would take some time as all the limbs are drooping. Scott had a little go, but didnt get far before we ran out of time
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  • RegC's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Its a real pita to get to....even after the 4 hour drive. No cell service for the whole second half of the drive. Then you fighting through the worst kind of bush.....sometimes 5 mins just to get a few yards. If youre lucky you might hit a big log pointing the right way.....but mostly theyre all crossed and grown over with thick salal bush. Then you reach a 400ft almost vertical ravine down to the river. Quite a thing to climb back up with a 40-50lb backpack. Although I took a tumble for 30feet off a log and into the river....was in fact the packpack and helmet that saved me getting damaged. But what caught me off guard the most when I was trying to make it out of there in the dark was not so much the dehydration or cramps....rather it was the shadow's created by the headtorch....couldn't make out a dam thing underfoot. Forever tripping and falling down holes that you cant see. A long pole with a steel tip, and caulks were critical. The phone compass and stars got me out of there and back to the truck. By which time I couldn't even climb into the back of the truck to get my water, because of the cramps. Had to reach in with the pole instead. I learned a few lessons that night.
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Used the stangle on this 90' oak trying to get it to lean out away form the stump, then hoping it would break out the top from the drop and impact of hitting an adjacent tree, so that it would shorten up and do minimal damage when it finally landed in the lap of a beautiful beech tree... There was a big dead limb right over my head, so I was happy to see it move well away from me when the stangle closed but did not release.. At that point I had a good angle and the reach to cut a high vertical snap cut as would be used on a hung tree... that gave another 12-18" of drop.. Beech tree ended up with a large lower limb pinned to the ground but remarkably only 1 broken limb about 1" diameter..
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  • RegC's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Hey Mike, nice to hear from you mate. I just use windows movie maker. Basic and easy to understand, so good enough for me.
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  • RegC's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Near 4 hours drive and 3 hours hike from my place. Pretty cool area once you're there. Be sure your youtube quality is at 1080 <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zSaCi5siyWA" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    nice image, Gary!
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Shaggy Mane. That's all I know them by. common here, and just not showing up.
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    You probably always heard that from me.
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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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