In spite of all the hassle, not to mention taxes and duties, I brought back four ladders. My gardening crew and I worked with them for a few months and were delighted with them – their wide, stable base; deep, comfortable steps and work platforms; clever adjustable 3rd leg; a chain that attaches the tripod leg to the main ladder frame so that it will never slip away; rubber ‘boots’ that cover the metal feet to allow for use on hard surfaces. Oh, and, incredible light weight because they are made of hollow aluminum, did I mention that? All of these features made our frequent work on ladders feel so much safer and secure, they quickly became a much valued and indispensable piece of gardening gear.
And so, the inevitable occurred: I thought, someone must sell them in Canada. I could sell them! I wrote to the fellow who sells them in the UK and he put me in touch with the folks at Hasegawa in Japan. And, as they say, the rest is history.
We now have a full selection of ladders stored at our warehouse in Richmond and several retail locations in and around Vancouver and Victoria. And a new warehouse has just been set up in Toronto. We have been selling the ladders to professional arborists and gardeners, garden designers, orchardists, hops growers, and all sorts of keen home gardeners.
The ladders are amazing, there’s nothing like them on the market here!