Treehouses offer us a glorious opportunity to un-ground and explore our hidden child-like desires … all things too goofy, whimsical or just plain nonsensical for our gravity stricken land-based homes. Indulging the creative daydream, we can discover truly inspired and inspiring ideas and then work to make them a reality. By balancing practical need with inspired ideas, we create an aesthetic whole and functional design -- while of course also working in our budgetary requirements. At all of our Treewalkers workshops, you will have the opportunity to dream up your ideal treehouse, and then put pen to paper to map out it’s design and construction using O2 Treehouse building and installation techniques!
Understand computer modeling basics using the free online modeling tool Sketch Up. Sketch Up is a great DIY tool for modeling beginners that can help with layout, proportions and spacing at the outset of the treehouse project. Learn about other online resources such as Fusion 360, Recap and Pixlr that can assist with the visualization and engineering of your treehouse without spending a cent.
In todays modern world even digital scanning of a tree is a possibility... with your cell phone, yes your cell phone! Equipped with only a Selfie Stick and your Pocket Computer learn how to drop those blustery giants into the computer, digitally scanned. Match this model with your newfound knowledge of Sketch Up and you’re off to the races.
Trees are definitely not created equal when it comes to establishing your leafy abode high in its branches. We'll dive into some basics of tree biomechanics that will answer questions such as; how do trees grow, soak up water, and seal against infection. Learn how to identify which trees will rank better than others and why, how to properly trim branches, and check for rot and more. If you take good notes you'll impress your friends with cool tree lingo like lignin, xyloem, and mycorrhiza.
There are many crucial knots needed in both the rigging and climbing aspects of treehouse building. These knots keep you safe and facilitate mechanical advantage rigging techniques that are indispensable during the process of off the ground installations. A few knots that will be taught during the course include various hitches, Bowline, Figure 8 and Butterfly.
Essential for your treehouse design and installation tool kit aretreehouse climbing techniques and the crucial safety knowledge needed to successfully soar in the treetops. Learn from experienced arborists the SRT - Single Rope Technique, and Double Line Technique commonly used by modern arborists. Also get to know the world of tree climbing gadgetry that will bedazzle you with its shiny anodized gear! Get to know the costs associated with the equipment so you can make an informed decision if you decide to enter the trade.
Rigging is a vast subject to cover with explorations into a wide variety of industries and applications. Learn about how rigging is relevant and applies specifically to the treehouse world. Participants will receive an overview of industry terms, treehouse suspension installation hardware, and a conceptual understanding of the crucial roll it plays for the successful installation and support of your treehouse structure.
There are many different pieces of hardware that are used in the treehouse design and installation field. Professional practice in this realm will ensure your treehouse is strongly supported and that your tree stays strong and healthy over the long term. Understand these techniques and the application of specific hardware to achieve any installation scenario. We will perform an installation of the Tree attachment Bolt (pictured) as well as the New O2 Treehouse Treeton.
When it comes down to the nitty gritty the question is how much weight can your tree support and how much will your treehouse weigh. Learn how these two questions are reconciled in the process of treehouse engineering. Whether using pre-rated hardware or fancy engineering computer analysis software, we will give you the zoomed out view of how treehouse engineering manages these risks.
Were sure your skilled in this department so no lessons here just pure enjoyment! On all of our workshops hard work deserves robust healthy organic food! There will be no short supply!