Boom! Not only is that the sound that the trees make as workers from Hopkinton-based tree removal company American Climbers cut them down, but it can also be used to describe the careers of these self-proclaimed "tree cowboys". The crew, alongside three other Massachusetts tree felling companies, are the subject of a new reality-documentary series that is currently airing on the National Geographic Channel called "Big Bad Wood".
According to American Climbers owner Rich Yurewicz, tree felling is one of the most dangerous jobs due to both environmental factors as well as the fact professionals often work in residential neighborhoods. Because of this inherent danger, chronicling the everyday adventures of these workers seemed like a natural fit to do a show about. American Climbers, which is headquartered on Hayden Rowe Street, was selected after Yurewicz heard about the opportunity through Tree Tech, another crew profiled on the show. They were then interviewed by show producers. Part of the reason that the crew was picked was due to the fact that they usually don't utilize machinery to remove trees, a practice not all businesses use.
The show was shot over a course of three months beginning in March and will include some footage shot in Hopkinton. The guys say that getting used to having around 20 additional people and dozens of cameras watching and recording their every move wasn't too hard to adjust to.
If the opportunity to do a second season presented itself, the guys say that they would definitely welcome the cameras back.
To celebrate the first episode, which premiered on October 17th, the crew hosted a viewing party at Framingham restaurant Angry Hams. And from their reaction, were clearly happy with how it turned out. The show airs on Thursdays at 9pm on the National Geographic Channel.