Big handsaw



The smaller saw is a common sübat.


The company I work for wants to go more environmentally friendly and use less chainsaws and fuel. A part of this is to try electric saws and now, bigger handsaws.

I like the idea so I volunteered to try this one. It’s fine to cut quite big branches but the vibrations you get is pretty bad. Maybe some tape on the handle would help, or some kind of pad between handle and blade.

But sure nicer to carry around the tree than bulky chainsaw.


Lowering a suspended tree


This dead spruce had been caught on its bracing, connected to a nearby pine. The top was resting on a tiny oak. The client wished to keep the dead spruce in one piece on the ground as a beautiful nature installation.

Luckily, there was a bigger aspen (poplar) close to the spruce. I climbed up and put the rigging line around the spruce stem, and a pulley in the aspen. At the bottom of the aspen, my colleague could now winch the spruce up, realising some tension from the bracing line (black in the picture) and from the little oak.


When the spruce was held safely by our rigging line we could remove the oak from the top and then fell the stem.


Then the stem could be lowered, nice and slowly.


Cutting the old bracing out of the pine and we are done!

Winter is here



Thanks Joe for the picture.


A tricky fell a beautiful day. Woodshed and Laburnum surrounding the base of the tree, and further out the branches where over the roof.


Later on, we zip lined the last logs over the Laburnum.



Some days this winter.


Norfolk pine

This tree is very different from anything growing in Sweden. Possibly related to the Chilian Monkey Puzzle.

The wood is extremely brittle and the sap thick as glue.

When the top came out on this fell, it just disintegrated on the concrete driveway.

Treeverse and backside of nice view




Just a nice climb, five tree long “treeverse”. Only native tres, Ngaio and Pohutukawa.



This is my most common way of doing redirect. Quick to set up and strangles the rope, making it static towards the most recent anchor point.  Static redirects together with some slack in the line make sure that the branches aren’t pulled against each other sideways.  



This view. I think I have hundreds of pictures capturing “ocean and hills from treetop”.


Backside of a nice view

When you go far away and just stay a little while, how big are your rights to interfere with the soroundings there? Do we ever have the right to interfere with nature just to please our astetic minds? A lot of the clients on Wellington hills just want the limbs removed so they can see the sea.



A bad prune. We need to talk abot this – all arborists. We know better, still, this happens.


The Armillaria – Honey fungus is world wide


If you go as far as you possibly can, it’s a bit surprising to find this old friend, the Armillaria. I don’t know if it’s been brought here with the Europeans 300 years ago. Or if they just spread like this naturally.

Fun facts

It’s easier for Armillaria to live off dead wood. A less clean garden gives fewer problems with root decay. Leave those sticks on the ground!

Slippery but fun



Found my top anchor that makes SRT efficient and safe (Thanks Boel!). Old posts about pinto pulley top anchor to be found here.

Everyone loves to climb a gum tree (also known as Eucalyptus). They origins from Australia (where thousands of varies are growing, only hundreds has escaped the borders).




Rainy day in a no-friction tree. Too easy is not fun anyway.


Extremely slippery when wet. Fagus sylvatica is nothing compared to this lack of friction. A dry day it’s heaven, big soft forks everywhere, spreaded crown to swing around in.

It’s also quite nice wood to work with. As in this fell over a solar panel.

Fun facts

How windy is Wellington really? Well windy enough to blister off the buds on the wind side, making it hard to give the tree an even thin. Also you always have to keep the strong winds in mind when you prune, a lonly branch easily breaks.



Guess which the wind-side is.





Kauri trees



The umbrella in the foreground gives you a hint about the size of this tree.


1000 years ago New Zealand was populated by the Maori people, which origins in Polynesia. They were strongly connected to the trees, both through religious beliefs and practical needs. Medicines, foods and tools came from the trees. Therefore, does all the native New Zealand trees have a Maori name.



Not highest (32 meters) but fattest, 16 meters circuit. Just as with our old oaks, the crown seems to reform itself.

In the forest of Northland, the giant Kauri trees grow. When facing a trunk that’s more than 16 meters circuit it’s understandable that people see it like the Maoris – as a god.


Threat of Pinus Radiata

These huge pines were growing close to a road in Wellington. During one week we were closing the road of to reduce the weights on the big limbs.

Since the growth season is longer than in Sweden tree trunks quickly grow wide. Even 15 – 20 meters up the stem is quite thick. Windy days, which is most days in this city, located on the very south tip of the north island, it feels like clinging to a sailing boat mace. Big hills rapture the wind streams and capture the clouds giving the rainy and windy climate.

Pinus Radiata, that origins from California, was planted at New Zealand for the timber. The wide, tall trunks are ideal for forestry. But sadly no one thought of planting sterile trees. The lack of natural enemies made it easy for the fast growing species to spread. Pinus Radiata is now threatening the native forest and trees. (The native forest has already been cut back to give room for browsing mammals as sheeps, cows and deers, brought here by Europeans.)


The cones are attached hard to the stem, almost like a branch. They are eating throwline.

Up in this pine, I saw a Kaka, this native bird, looking like a brown parrot has been reestablished and seem to be well off. Some complaints that it eats the bark of non-native trees has been heard.



It’s left to see where this copy paste experiment we do with the ecology is going.

Rata & Pohutakawa

arial-roots-pothakawaI mentioned the Pohutakawa before, but it’s a tree that keeps fascinating. On the stem, it grows aerial roots to drag moisture from the humid air. This one in Wellington city probably lacks water from standing in the hard surface surrounding it. The roots hang like big beards from the stems.

Fun facts

Pohutakawa closely related to the Rata. To differ the two, look on the underside of the leaves. Pohutakawa has lines, but the Rata leaves is covered with dots underneath.