Craft Tree Care is your local and trusted tree expert By Jillian Chandler
Since establishing Craft Tree Service in June of 2020, Nicholas and Nici Craft have been providing the communities of North Idaho with exceptional services through their namesake tree service business. “Nick loved running a platoon as a sergeant of Marines and wanted to run a tree care company with the same leadership and passion,” his wife, Nici, shares.
Nicholas served in the US Marine Corps for eight years, during which time he did two tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. After leaving the Marines in 2017, he and Nici moved to Auburn, California. Nicholas worked doing tree service for a local landscaping company and worked for a general contractor full-time while simultaneously enrolled in school to get a business degree. Nici had already graduated with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management, as well as earning her associate degree in general business and merchandise product development, and was pursuing a career in meeting planning for various associations.
The couple soon realized that California was not the place they wanted to raise their future family, and in January of 2020 (right before the pandemic hit and everyone began flocking to North Idaho), they made the move to Coeur d’Alene. Shortly after buying their first home, Nicholas and Nici decided to start Craft Tree Care.
Since before she was born, Nici’s father was a tree climber, and during her childhood, he started his own tree service business. As Nici got older, she would assist with the administrative side of the business until he sold his company and retired. Nicholas worked for the company as well and discovered his interest, and passion, in tree climbing. Founding Craft Tree Care was the natural next step for the couple. And the rest is history.
Serving Idaho’s five northern counties (Kootenai, Shoshone, Bonner, Boundary and Benewah), Nicholas, Nici and their Craft Tree Care team specializes in tree maintenance, tree removal (still standing or fallen), as well as tree trimming (including pruning and trimming of dead branches) and stump grinding. They also are quick to respond to emergency and storm calls and take care of hazardous trees.
“We are proud to be a small business that gives our customers the best value for the high-quality tree work they deserve,” Nicholas shares. Nici adds, “Nick is on almost every single jobsite to ensure customer satisfaction.”
When it comes to what the Crafts find most rewarding in the work they do, they agree that it is having the privilege to watch their employees grow on both a personal and professional level every year. “We would not be where we are without their hard work, skill and loyalty,” Nicholas affirms. “We love how impressed our customers are with our employees’ skill, positive attitudes and professionalism—every single day.”
The Crafts feel truly blessed to have made the move to Coeur d’Alene and start their own business here in North Idaho. “The freedom, respect for your community members, safety and beauty attracted us to the area, and we are proud to call this community home and try to be involved in our community as much as possible,” says Nici. “Almost every one of our customers is a freedom-minded, family oriented person who we are so glad to get to know every day and provide them with our services.”
In their free time, the couple, along with their two young daughters, enjoys everything North Idaho has to offer, such as hiking, foraging for huckleberries, barbecuing with friends and family, and just enjoying the beauty of the outdoors (water fun in the summer and snow sports in the winter). “Hunting is our biggest passion,” notes Nicholas. “We hunt all over Idaho and Montana as much as possible.”
Whether it’s tree removal, trimming or maintenance, stump grinding or storm cleanup, Craft Tree Care is your local and trusted tree expert. Give them a call today to have peace of mind when it comes to the health of your trees and property.
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