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Jerry Beranek's Fundamentals

Burnham

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I have just enjoyed reading and studying Jerry's fine book, which I received just before the holidays. Nothing finer than a good book, a warm woodstove, a glass of smooth scotch, and some time off to enjoy them all.

One thing that struck me repeatedly as I worked my way page by page is that when Jerry B. speaks of "small, medium, and large" trees and appropriate methodologies for dealing with each, I have to employ a conversion factor.

Now remember, I work in western Oregon. I am no stranger to big timber. I put saw to some good-sized wood, fat and tall both. But it looks to me like my definition of "large" falls pretty far short of Jerry's :) . Same goes for his "medium"...that equals my "large"...if I'm lucky. A Beranek "small" is still a pretty good sized stem, for most people.

Anyway, a fine piece of work, and one that no tree man or woman should fail to have in their personal library.

Thanks, Jerry.
 

squisher

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You bet, on both the book and the tree sizes :lol: .

Indispensable book, I can't say enough about it myself. With all the costs involved in climbing and treework, it'd be foolish to not own this book imo.
 

gf beranek

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Birds of a feather..... Thanks you guys!

The House has been a good place to share. When I was younger I recall it was "show and tell."

You don't see a lot of the quarrles, arguments and quivels in the TH that go on in the other forums. There's a more mature audience here.

Thanks to Butch.

Much appreciate the compliments, Burnam and all. I'm such a lucky human being to see my work and writing come to be respected.

It's a tough and honorable living. God bless.
 
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Paul B

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yup, someone here suggested that as a good investment back when I went to a different arborist site. Surely a good investment indeed.
 
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Jonseredbred

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I just forgot I pm'd Jerry about ordering a set. I forgot all about it.

I am really having a hard time remembering things lately.
 

SkwerI

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'Fundamentals' is a great tutorial, but I must admit I prefer Jerry's 'Tree climbers and timber fallers'. That one has earned the coveted spot on the living room coffee table. I've gotten many positive comments from visitors who take a few minutes to look at it.
 

Dave Shepard

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After reading through High Climbers, I realized that even our biggest trees around here are only "sucker" size out there. Oh well.8) Fundamentals is one of the permanant books on my nightstand. (which is actually a three story bookshelf, I like to read, a lot) I rotate a lot of different books through the shelves, but that one never leaves. I found out about the newest book and DVDs through the Treehouse, thanks MB, and thanks Jerry for all of your efforts. I look forward to more of your work!


Dave
 
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Blinky

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I think of it as The Bible of Treework. No arborist or faller should be without it. Gerry's sense of scale is a bit different than mine though... that's for certain.
 

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fundamentals is kinda what got me started in tree work. i was logging and ordered it from baily's and was infatuated with what i saw. started doing residential tree work in the off season and one winter went to work for an arborist. thanks jerry
 
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I love the book, I keep it at my desk with all my other tree books and I always read it on my downtime. Makes me want to start actually climbing and working trees again instead of just riding in a truck looking at them every time I read it.:thumbup:
 

Burnham

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'Fundamentals' is a great tutorial, but I must admit I prefer Jerry's 'Tree climbers and timber fallers'. That one has earned the coveted spot on the living room coffee table. I've gotten many positive comments from visitors who take a few minutes to look at it.
I can't argue, Brian. For sheer impressiveness, including great pictures, not much can compete. It's a fine book that also needs to be in the hands of anyone who appreciates the challenges of working in big timber.
 
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