Forrest Kelly has over 15 years professional experience as arborist and treehouse builder. His diverse skill set has taken him the world over facilitating workshops in tree climbing and yoga. Forrest's early beginnings provided him with immense exposure to the treetops of South Carolina. His early passion for the outdoors and environmental stewardship connected him with a thriving local counter culture in Asheville NC, where with his good nature and keen wit he quickly expanded his network coast to coast and to Central America. Kelly's skill as a beat boxer brought him recognition through his work in the musical group Rising Appalachia. Be sure to ask Kelly about his years spent tree walking the canopies of northern California as a tree sitter, the numerous treehouses he has called home over the years, and his passion for slack-lining.
Kelly currently stewards his two land projects in Barnardsville, North Carolina where he also runs an arborist business and lives in his newly built geodesic sphere treehouse. Forrest has been a valuable part of the O2 Treehouse crew since 2012.
Immediately after receiving his degree in Furniture Design from MCAD in 2005, Dustin set to work building a geodesic structure 50 feet up in a Poplar tree in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. He had been fascinated by treehouses and their relationship to nature ever since.
Following the wild success of this prototype O2 Treehouse was born, it’s main objective to inspire people to reconsider how we can more harmlessly co-exist with nature. Dustin’s treehouse designs have received nation and international recognition in the design community, appearing in over 50 design publications and television shows around the world, most notably Popular Mechanics, Dwell and Wired Magazine. Most recently, he was featured in Taschen's new Publication "Treehouse" and on Animal Planets “Ultimate Treehouses” and the hit TV show "Treehouse Masters." He has built 36 plus treehouses to date, several of which hang in the backyards of celebrity clientele such as Robby Krieger of The Doors.
His work has also been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Coachella Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, and in ‘Space Craft’ at the Walker Art Center.
Michael Stam has spent most of his life outdoors, fascinated by growing things, and climbing anything he could. After obtaining a degree in Sustainable Development from Appalachian State University, he spent a number of years in Boone NC living off grid, and helping to develop many of the high country rock climbing areas. His passion for rock climbing and trees eventually led him to a career in the vertical world, first as a tree worker, then as a lead builder and designer for Challenge Towers, building aerial adventure parks, challenge courses and canopy tours, and finally to a life of tree house building. He has won several ACCT awards for his design/ builds of unique adventure parks across the country.
Mike has also had the pleasure of working on tree houses with many of the masters, including Michael Garnier, the Treehouse Guys, Jake Jacob, and Pete Nelson, to name a few. These endeavors have also presented him with the opportunity of doing a number of builds both for the TreeHouse Masters show, and the Treehouse Guys show on the DIY network. When not on the road, he splits his time between Boone and Mars Hill NC. He currently owns his own small tree house buiness called Creative Treehouse Design, and often collaborates with NC based World Treehouses owner Adam Laufer.
Upon landing at UC Santa Cruz in 2001 to study Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Nick was inspired to start climbing trees. Since then he has followed an aerial lifestyle, building and living in his own off-grid treehouses in California's coastal forests for the past 12 years. He has professionally explored the art and creativity of aerial construction by designing and leading the installations of large scale zipline canopy tours and aerial adventure parks at premiere locations throughout the U.S.
Nick is driven by a passion to build community through experiences in nature. By getting people into the air, out of their comfort zones, and supported by living structures, he hopes to galvanize a new understanding of our relationships with each other and our planet. He aspires to inspire people to reduce their ecological impact and to live differently. With years of experience teaching tree climbing, rigging, and carpentry, he is intent on sharing his knowledge, and providing opportunities for personal growth, competency, and contemplation in the trees.
In his free time, Nick can be found hiking and biking under forest canopies, building his wooden boat, crafting functional art, and photographing wild places.
Delaney moved to Asheville in 2012 to pursue a degree in Natural Resource Management. She learned the ups and downs of tree biology and how to measure, analyze, and deeply appreciate the natural world around her. Before graduating she took a summer to hike 900 miles of the A.T. She was introduced to rock climb and developed a passion for rigging systems and risk management.
After graduating from Western Carolina University in 2013, Delaney celebrated her love for trees by becoming a zip-line guide in Barnardsville, NC. With her knowledge of forest management she became a part of the repair and maintenance team in order to take over the hemlock treatment plan. She measured and treated over 100 hemlocks to protect them from the woolly adelgid. She also learned the basic of cable rigging, building at height and (of course) managing safety! She worked on various rigging and building projects for the next few years while she also became an EMT.
Now, Delaney is a privately contracted EMT to provide emergency medical services at festivals and events across the east coast. This seasonal work allows her the space and time to follow her passions of painting and building in trees.