Tree Shapers

Tree Shapers

Professional tree care by certified arborists

About Us

Tree Shapers provides high quality craftsmanship in all their work, from small homes to large estates. The extra attention to detail that Tree Shapers executes in their work is what distinguishes them from other companies. The object is not to “compete” with other companies, but to always improve upon our knowledge and practice in order to bring better service to the client. Our aim is to do what is best for the trees and plants, in order to better enhance the environment.

Tree Shapers Ted Kipping

Ted Kipping

Ted Kipping studied Natural History at Columbia University, New York and has been involved in horticulture for over fifty-five years. After completing his studies, Ted wanted to apply his knowledge, and went to work at Strybing Arboretum (now S.F. Botanical Garden) in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. There, he worked with a broad range of trees and other plants. His interest grew toward trees and shrubs, and in 1976 he started his own tree-trimming enterprise. He called himself “Ted Kipping – Tree Shaper.”


As Ted gained experience working with trees, he also continued to satisfy his thirst for more knowledge. He dove deeply into the field of arboriculture and became a Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).He is also now a Qualified Tree Risk Assessor.


In 1979, he spent a month in Japan studying the Bonsai and cloud-pruning techniques used there. He has continued to expand his knowledge in arboriculture and Plant Health Care and, today, is highly respected and sought after for his expertise. His services now include consultations and lecturing.


Besides being a member of the (ISA) Mr. Kipping is also a member of, or involved in many other organizations including:

as well as many other organizations in the field of horticulture.

Tree Shapers Phil Danielson

Phil Danielson

Phil Danielson started his career in 1969 in the field of Utility Forestry. He then worked in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco as a tree trimmer in all of the parks and golf courses in San Francisco, including the famous Japanese Tea Garden. It was there that he was first exposed to the finer and more artistic aspects of tree trimming.


Phil also worked for the Department of Public Works, San Francisco, the City of Pacifica, and other tree companies. Eventually realizing that he had a fondness for trees and their care, Phil started his own company in 1977, which he called “Phil Danielson – Tree Shaping.”


His experience now ranges from the intricate pruning of 5-10 ft. trees, to the trimming and removal of trees that are as tall as 150 ft. He is a Certified Arborist, a Qualified Tree Risk Assessor, and member of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), and is also a member of the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA).


When Phil is not training people on the crew, or busy with other activities to run the business, he is continuing his education in the field of arboriculture by attending seminars and workshops throughout the country.


Phil is also a Certified Tree Care Safety Professional with TCIA.


See how they combined skills and knowledge as the story continues below…

Two “Tree Shapers” become one company.

Being long-time friends, and realizing that they had the same ideals when it came to arboriculture, Ted and Phil have combined their knowledge and expertise to form a partnership called Tree Shapers, LLC. They provide a variety of services in the field of arboriculture. Tree Shapers works with many clients, such as landscape architects, condominium and property management companies, as well as with private homeowners. They also work with gardeners of residential homes and estates in both urban and country environments. In the area of tree trimming, they do a wide range of work, ranging from small trees and shrubs to large trees over 100 feet tall.