This question comes up frequently, and there are several reasons why we teach other people what we know about treehouse construction. First your perspective, then ours.
Workshop Results: in Your Words
“Now I have the confidence I need to build a treehouse for my kids this summer – they’ve been begging me for 3 years now!”
“I appreciated Dan’s candor. I am going to start a treehouse construction company of my own, and he freely shared information about how to start and market the business end of a company too. The spirit of quality treehouse building and commeraderie took the spotlight instead of competitiveness.”
“My kids loved the Sunday night barbecue and riding the zip line. I will recommend a construction workshop to some of my friends who also want to learn how to build treehouses.”
“I learned how to properly attach my treehouse to a living & growing foundation. With my construction background, that was all I needed. Well worth the price of admission.”
Our Construction Workshop Philosophy
We care deeply about trees. We also are very concerned for people’s safety. That’s why we teach people how to build better treehouses.
We know that treehouse building will always be primarily a do-it-yourself activity, but there are very few places where people can go to learn proper tree house construction methods from expert tree house builders. A lot of the free advice out there on the internet and in some treehouse books, while well meaning, is very harmful to trees. Our goal is to teach construction methods that are safer, longer lasting, and better for your trees.
You can’t get a degree in treehouse building, nor can you read any one book and know it all. Building a better tree house requires cross training in many fields such as tree biology, engineering, welding, tree climbing & rigging, carpentry, and construction in general. Our special expertise is in how these fields integrate and inform proper treehouse building practices. So if you want to learn how to build a tree house the right way, or think you might like to be a professional treehouse builder some day, then a tree house building workshop will give you the confidence to get started. We can also point you to appropriate sources to continue your education.
We take time at each workshop to offer consulting on your individual tree house projects. If you have a napkin sketch plan or set of trees in mind, then bring your pictures and measurements to the workshop, and we will help you with planning and design. “Good treehousing” is a phrase that professional tree house builders use to explain that the goal is better tree houses and enjoyment of them. To achieve that, we want to help you to design and build safely - both for the trees and the users. Our part in good treehousing is to educate people to build better tree houses which in turn prevent suffering in trees and keep people from making common and potentially dangerous mistakes. If you are ready to take your interest or curiosity about tree houses to the next level, then please join us at our next workshop event!
Each tree house building workshop is designed to teach you how to build a tree house from start to finish. We cover all relevant topics from tree selection, tree house design, specifics of how to build tree houses with tips & tricks we have learned along the way, and ongoing maintenance issues. Each workshop will also include some type of application project to give people firsthand experience with tree climbing and building tree-attached structures. We want you to leave our workshop with more than just book knowledge about building tree houses, so bring a tool belt and/or climbing harness if you have one and would like to get involved (just watching is okay too!).