Video Contest

Teach Us Something and Win Your Share of $6,000!

The idea is simple: film a video teaching fellow arborists something useful, we'll post it on YouTube/Facebook, and the internet will vote on which video is the best!

The top 11 creators will split a prize pool of $6,000. That's right– cold, hard TreeStuff Gift Certificates.

3x $1000 Winners, 4x $500 Winners, and 4x $250 Winners!

TreeStuff's Community Expert Video Contest 2.0, powered by Samson Rope is an effort to bring fun education content directly from the Industry to, well uhh... the Industry!

Help fellow arborists and tree nerds vote on the best content, or submit your own!

Need some inspiration? Scroll down to the bottom of the page and check out the winners from the first TreeStuff Community Expert Contest.

How to Submit

Hit one of the buttons at the bottom of the page and select your video. Need an example of a video? Click here for Nick's video on how to tie an Alpine Butterfly.

How to Judge

The winner will be the person with the most combined Likes over all of their videos submitted on both the Youtube & Facebook platforms. If you submit 2 or more videos (that we accept) your score will be the sum of the likes for both videos. On December 10th, 2021 we'll post all of the submissions at the same time and it's off to the races.

The Rules

  • Videos must not be longer than 5 minutes
  • No limit to the number of videos submitted
  • No music - not even in the background
  • Video must be filmed in landscape (horizontal, not vertical)
  • Each video must start with "Hi this is NAME, an Arborist Community Expert and this VIDEO TITLE."
  • Each video submission must contain your name and email address spelled out either before you start or after you finish.  
  • No advertising competing retailer brands. Come on, dude. Duh.
  • No video bumpers, preroll, or fancy shmancy titles
  • You can make videos as a team, but you'll have to split the prize between yourselves
  • We reserve the right to refuse a submission for any reason


Submission Period Ends December 5, 2021

Judging Period Ends January 10th, 2021

Topic Ideas

  • How to sharpen gaffs
  • How to set up a double-whip tackle
  • How to install an SRT canopy anchor
  • How to grind a stump
  • How to pair SENA headsets
  • How to position a block for rigging
  • How to tie a Michaocán hitch
  • How to make a bore cut
  • How to measure the height of a tree
  • How to back a truck onto a chipper
  • How to use a preform cable wrap
  • How to install a RigGuy wire cap
  • How to use any specific product we sell
  • How to use a port-a-wrap
  • How to tie a specific knot or family of knots
  • How to use a come-a-long
  • Management secrets
  • How to change chipper knives
  • Equipment maintenance.
  • Jobsite setup plans
  • Chainsaw maintenance
  • How to tie tools to a line
  • How to tie a mini down on a trailer
  • Climbing techniques
  • How to redirect a climbing line
  • Ascent techniques
  • How to fell a tree
  • How to use a wedge
  • How to pull a tree
  • Truck maintenance
  • Boom maintenance
  • Pre-trip inspections
  • Jobsite cleanup
  • The bidding process
  • How to create an eye in dynamic cable
  • An explanation of how multiple pieces of gear work well together
  • Canopy anchor tricks and methods

These videos can be all sorts of different formats including

  • Short one cut demonstration with live audio or voiceover
  • Micro Rigging Lab Style Demo
  • Simple illustration, animations, or white board demo with voiceover

TreeStuff Editing Service

Keep in mind that you are being judged by the arborist community on YouTube. Content is King in this competition - but your video still needs to be easy to watch to win over the internet. We made up a page with video tips to help you make a nice looking video.

A one shot video can be perfectly acceptable, but if you can't get your point across in one take, you can submit up to two videos to us and we'll do some editing for you.

We Edit For Your Video
  • Maximum 2 video clips (can be two separate shots or different views of the same thing)
  • We will adjust volume up or down as needed
  • No titles or text
  • No complaining about how we edited it
  • Email with questions (be nice to him, he's the one editing the vid
You Edit Your Video
  • As many camera angles or shots as you want
  • Include descriptive texts (must adhere to the rules)
  • Full creative control

Congratulations to Community Expert 1.0 Winners and Competitors

Click to Watch Any of the 35 Videos Below!