So I haven't played a comic book superhero with incredible powers like telekinesis or the ability to fly. And I haven't donned fangs and sported the trendy tall, dark and handsome vampire look. But, now and again, my fellow Davey arborists and I have something in common with such unique characters: doing something really cool and doing it with a "wow" factor you can see on television.
That's right, Davey has enjoyed a few minutes of broadcast fame - admittedly not as much as those vampires or superheroes we all know and love - but it still counts, right?
Our most popular eye candy? moving massive trees. You may or may not know this, but Davey has been moving trees since the 1920s! In fact, we've recently combined our operation with Environmental Design Inc., which equals more than a century of tree moving.
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming... Davey's credit reel includes a feature on Discovery Channel's "Really Big Things." In the video (check out part one and part two), host Matt Rogers (of American Idol fame) gives a play-by-play of the action as one of Davey's experts runs a state-of-the-art tree spade, calling the shots on a big tree installation.
While it may not sound like the latest sci-fi blockbuster, it does have all the same Hollywood glamour: fast cuts, steady cams, guitar riffs and, of course, witty banter. The show follows Davey moving a large tree, using an impressive and "really big" piece of machinery: a state-of-the-art tree spade. We even let Rogers pull a few levers as the tree is lifted and then nestled down into its new home. Don't try this at home, kids!
Davey has always been in the spotlight when it comes to trees, so our knowledge and advice is sought. Today, an arborist has to know his trees and be able to talk about them on the spot, even with the added pressure of a camera angled at his face. And trees make nice supporting actors as they are a very visual part of the landscape, lending themselves nicely to video.
And when Davey arborists aren't on Discovery Channel or the History Channel (here's another of my favorites), we make our own videos to provide homeowners with visual how-to advice. Check out our YouTube Channel where Davey experts show you everything from how to hire an expert to why you might want to consider installing lighting protection on a favorite tree, and even how to get along with your neighbors.
As an arborist, I can't help but sometimes wish for the rapid and effortless tree climbing skills of Edward Cullen in the Twilight series, and I wonder how quickly X-Men's Wolverine could prune a tree with his always available sharp claws. But I can rest assured knowing that expertly using advanced arboricultural equipment can still lead to 15 minutes of fame … and it can't hurt to stay prepared for my next close-up.
P.S. Can't get enough large tree moving - check out these great photos!