Arborist Skills: Bend-and-Swing Rigging (Video)

Watch Chris Girard remove two bent birch trees (leaders) that were overhanging a beach. We couldn’t just drop them into the lake, because we had no way to fish them out of the water. They would be partially submerged and ridiculously heavy underwater, and they were already full-length leaders weighing close to, well, let’s just say a lot. We didn’t have access to get a loader or truck in there, and we had nowhere to drag them if we did manage to get them out of the water. So we had to get creative.

Chris Girard is a Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP), a Certified Arborist, a Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) Level 1 Technician and owner of Girard Tree Service, a 12-year TCIA member company based in Gilmanton, New Hampshire.

This video is an excerpt based on the information in the accompanying TCI Magazine December 2020 article ( It is not intended as a stand-alone training tool.

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