Arborist crane rigging workshop

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This 2 day, hands-on Seminar will focus on crane assisted removals. With the aid of two in-tree instructors we will work with participants to demonstrate different ways of making crane picks, safely and in compliance with ANSI standards.  Each participant will have the opportunity set the appropriate rigging, signal the operators and then finish their cuts.  We will explore different techniques for setup of the crane, determining the weight and capacities for each pick, choices of rigging, and proper work-positioning in the tree.

All attendees will be able to take advantage of STIHL chainsaw safety and maintenance classes, browse equipment vendor’s booths, and enjoy a small field day area filled with gear and equipment demos and discounted purchases.


Date: November 6, 7, and 8.

The first date is check in day and participants will meet with instructors @ 4 p.m.  We will review the scope of the day, have a meet and greet, gear inspections, and open forum discussions about the next two days work.  This meeting will be held at Mayer Tree Service, 9 Scot's Way, Essex, MA.


Location: Crane Estate, Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA.

Centuries before becoming a grand summer estate owned by one of America’s wealthiest families, Castle Hill was well known by Native Americans, who called the area Agawam, referring to its rich fishery. John Winthrop, Jr., son of the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, laid claim to Castle Hill in 1637. For more than two centuries, a succession of owners farmed the land. Beginning in the 1880s, J. B. Brown transformed Castle Hill Farm from an agricultural holding into a gentleman’s farm, improving roadways and plantings and renovating his modest farmhouse into a rambling, shingle-style cottage that is now The Inn at Castle Hill.

In the decades following Richard T. Crane, Jr.’s purchase of the property in 1910, Castle Hill came to exemplify the American Country Place Era with its farm and estate buildings, designed grounds and gardens, and diverse natural areas. The Cranes hired some of the century’s most notable architects and landscape architects. The first house built atop Castle Hill, an Italian Renaissance Revival villa designed by Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, was razed and replaced in 1928 with the 59-room Stuart-style mansion designed by architect David Adler you see today. The Great House is furnished with period antiques.

Castle Hill is also home to a wide diversity of wildlife typical of northeast Massachusetts forests. Deer, fox, turkey, and a multitude of songbirds can be observed from the many trails and roads on Castle Hill. In addition, Castle Hill is home to several pairs of nesting great horned owls and red-tailed hawks. Due to its location on the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent Crane Beach, unusual species such as turkey vultures, migratory hawks, and even an occasional bald eagle can be seen soaring above the landscape.


Cost: PARTICIPANT -$650 until September 30th, $680 until until October 31, $725 until November 4th, per person for two days.  Price includes breakfast and lunch. Participants will also receive special discounts from all sponsors of the event.


Instructors: Mark Chisholm-ISA Certified Arborist, 3 Time ISA World Champion Tree Climber, NJISA member and President Elect, 20+ years in industry, international instructor for field applications including crane use.

Dan Mayer-Mass. Certified Arborist, MAA Safety Saves Committee, Crane operator in Arboriculture for 15 years, 25 years in industry, MAA past President.

Brian Noyes-ISA Certified Arborist, 15 years in industry, international instructor on field applications including crane use.

Jim Courville-Mass. Certified Arborist, ISA Certified Arborist, CTSP, MAA Safety Saves Committee, 7 years in tree care industry all of which include extensive crane use.


Participants will be expected to bring all PPE, Climbing gear, and other basic tools they feel they will need.  A list of recommended gear may be obtained upon request.  All saws, slings, cranes, etc will be provided for participants to use.  You are welcome to bring your own gear if you’d like, ALL GEAR MUST PASS INSPECTION. 

This seminar is limited to 25 participants for the hands-on participation portion.  To sign up, please click here to register through our automated system at

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