“Oakmen and Eucmen - Down Through the Ages” featuring Donald Blair

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Our annual conference in San Diego April 29 - May 2 will mark our 90th anniversary.   What better way to kick off the celebration to hear from Past President, Donald Blair about the legend of the "Oakman" and "Eucman."  Please join us for a great session on Zoom.  

Description of Presentation

Over 50 years ago, at the Alpine Inn, Portola Valley, Don Blair and Rob Askine, began to discuss the many differences among the people they knew who all had tree care as a common bond (and very little else). After much beer and merriment, the Oakman and the Eucman began to emerge, and arboriculture was changed forever as our own, unique folk heroes began to take shape. From that spark of inspiration, Don Blair has written extensively about and presented lectures internationally on the Oakman and Eucman and their importance to arboriculture. In its purest form, the Oakman and the Eucman are native to the Western Chapter in general and the San Francsico Bay Area, specifically, It is Don’s pleasure to return to his roots and share his studies and observations of the Eucman and Oakman going back through the mists of time, right up to the present day, where they still walk amongst us.

Donald F. Blair Bio.
Donald F. Blair is internationally renowned for his innovations in tree care safety, equipment and practical skills. For decades, Blair has been a featured presenter at arborist conferences throughout the world. Blair has written extensively on topics related to arboriculture including the landmark reference book: Arborist Equipment (1995).

Founder of Blair’s Arborist Equipment, LLC. (1975) Blair currently lives in Hagerstown, Maryland with the true love of his life Laurie, and their two dogs, Duncan, and Dolly. In 2018, he was awarded the singular honor of being invited to address the German Arborists Association in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of German arborist skills dating back to his first visit 25 years earlier in 1993. In October 2023, the MAC-ISA Chapter honored Blair with the presentation of their prestigious, “Lifetime Achievement Award” in recognition of his six decades of service to arboriculture.

“Folk heroes and folklore reflect culture because it relates to the way of life of the people who produce it: their ceremonies, their institutions, their crafts and so on. It also expresses their beliefs, customs, attitudes, and their way of thinking.”  Source: August House Publishing


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