Jeff's Books (Beaver Tree Publishing)
Besides operating a state-of-the-art tree care service in north-central Minnesota, Jeff Jepson is a highly recognized author of books that have become important and popular not only in the tree care industry, but also to thousands of wood-lot owners. Jepson's books have been published since 1997, and have been translated into 5 languages worldwide.
Knots at Work
Jepson's most recent publication. In this 184-page field guide, more than 50 different knots are presented. Both aspects of knot knowledge are given equal time—knot construction (tying the knots) and knot application (using the knots). This information can be quickly grasped, because of the lavishly illustrated pages, easy-to-read text, and unique cross-reference format. And because of the book's compact size it's more likely to be used in the field where it's needed most.
To Fell a Tree
This is Jepson's second book, which was released in 2009. It has quickly become a bestseller amongst tree cutting professionals as well as the weekend woodcutter. It clearly describes and illustrates (by artist Bryan Kotwica) how to fell a tree "without getting killed, or injured, or without wrecking anything." In other words, do the work safely and efficiently.
The Tree Climber's Companion
In its second edition and twenty-ninth printing, this book has sold more than 100,000 copies. It has become an essential resource for professional arborists around the globe. With safety as the substantial theme throughout the book, Jepson takes the reader through every detail of effective tree climbing. It is profusely illustrated by Bryan Kotwica, who has been illustrating arborist publications for more than twenty-five years. It's been called the tree climber's bible by those in the tree care industry.