When Illinois woodsman Frank C. Nieman started climbing trees for a living some forty years ago, his crew wanted forearms as rugged and tough as his. So, to strengthen their grip to handle the tree-lines for climbing, he created what was first known as ‘The Winder.’ Today Mr. Nieman has redesigned, perfected, expanded upon, and now re-christened his ‘Winder.’

Each set of SideWinders are meticulously manufactured by hand with you in mind. We promise that you, too, will soon see that the difference lies in the grip!

…..and that is how the SideWinder® got started!