Treewalkers is a society of treehouse builders and students that educates and empowers its members to build treehouse experiences in a collectively owned network of rentable treehouse accommodations. Treewalkers delivers the imperative message that it is possible to start living in harmony with nature now ... off the grid ... with low impact on the environment and an ethos of responsible consumerism, and actually (bonus!) earn money doing it! Join founder of O2 Treehouse Dustin Feider in this collaborative exploration and endeavor into low impact living by becoming a member of Treewalkers through either participating in, or hosting, a Treewalkers workshop.
Learn all about the incredible skill set that you will gain by attending any Treewalkers workshop, as well as read up on our super talented team of instructors by scrolling through the sections below. Once you're ready to sign up for this incredible adventure and learning experience, click on the upcoming event of your choice to get all of the specific details including workshop itinerary, meal plan and packing list. Then simply follow the provided signup link to checkout! We request a 50% down payment to hold your space in the workshop, and the remaining 50% will be due one week prior to the workshop start date. Don't worry, we'll send you an email reminder regarding final payment.
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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.
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.
Woodside, California USA
Treewalkers was invited to Eco Week Kosovo in Prishtina to facilitate a treehouse installation workshop. There over a period of 8 days a variety of workshops engaged the brilliant minds of architectural students from around the world and Balkans. Students focused on the revitalization of civic life through architectural interventions. With a Treewalkers team of 7 participants we successfully prefabricated with a very limited tool selection all necessary components to create a 120sq' platform. In a group effort the platform was installed 20' high in the deciduous forest a short hike from Prishtina's city park conference center. The Kosovo installation is a great example of what can be achieved in a short period of time with limited participant prior experience. By the end of the workshops we were all standing proud as we presented our completed treehouse project to the larger group
Grass Valley, CA
O2 Treehouse and the Treewalkers team up-cycled an old trampoline into a treehouse trampoline! Over the period of a 3 day work shop attendees learned the core skills involved in installing a structure aloft in the tree top canopy. The light geodesic sphere enclosure and recycled sail boat sail canopy encapsulates a trampoline which hovers 40' high suspended between a group of conifer trees. A long wooden rope ladder streams down providing an adventurous entry experience rewarded with a tremendous view and treetop lounge. Lunch and breakfast was served and attendees camped onsite.