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Nelson Treehouse and Supply
 
Nelson Treehouse and Supply
Treehouse workshops are usually held in the spring and fall, and are offered a maximum of 3 times per year.

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Sample Workshop Schedule (actual schedule WILL vary)
Wednesday evening
Arrival & Check-in
Welcome dinner
Introductory presentation
Thursday
Breakfast
Introductions (staff & students)
Review (or tour) of treehouses
Lunch
“Breaking of bark” ceremony
First TAB installation
Education session One
Education session Two
Climbing demonstration
Dinner on your own
Socializing/networking time
Friday
Breakfast
Education session Three
Education session Four
Lunch
Rigging demonstration
Education session Five
Education session Six
Banquet dinner and party
Saturday
Breakfast
Continued construction
Optional seminars
Lunch
Continued construction
Dinner on your own
Sunday
Breakfast
Continued construction
Optional seminars
Lunch
Continued construction
Closing ceremony
Group photo

This is only a SAMPLE schedule. Each workshop is unique and the details will vary. Some meals are included, while others are not. Education sessions and seminars are tailored for each individual project, but will include several (but not all) of the following subjects:

  • visual tree assessment
  • tree selection
  • site ‘survey’
  • engineering
  • specialty hardware
  • climbing
  • treehouse tools
  • treehouse design/planning
  • rigging and ropes
  • TAB installation
  • stair building
  • model building
  • knot tying
  • Do’s and Don’ts
  • hand rail building
  • roofing
  • zip lines
  • bridges
Treehouse Workshops are four-day, interactive, training courses for people interested in learning how to build treehouses from scratch. The courses are open to enthusiasts of all skill level and take place at various locations around the country. Each Treehouse Workshop introduces the concepts of selecting a tree, evaluating its health, basic tree climbing, tool safety, treehouse design, construction of the treehouse platform, and building a tree-supported structure. The workshops demonstrate step-by-step the process for installing specialty treehouse hardware, while protecting the fragile area around the base of the tree.

All Treehouse Workshop attendees will have an opportunity to actively participate in the construction of a new treehouse platform. The treehouse will not be completely built during the four day workshop; that would take a few weeks or months to achieve. However, the platform assembly and attachment are the most important steps in building a treehouse. After learning how to create a safe platform that is healthy for the tree, the remaining construction is not very different from traditional building.

""The workshop went way beyond my expectations. I honestly feel that I could build a safe structure in a tree, with the skills I learned."
- Past workshop participant

We welcome every level of experience. Whether you are a novice woodworker who wants to build a treehouse in your backyard, a professional builder who wants to branch out, or someone who just wants to escape and play in the trees, our workshop is for you. Relish four days of classes and hands on instruction in small groups with plenty of time for discussions.

"The information was more in depth than I thought possible in four days.
The interaction with all the people (staff and guests) was over the top."
- Past workshop participant

In addition to the workshop training and hands-on experience, participants enjoy meals and down-time together, during which many dreams, stories, and ideas are often shared. Participants will go home with printed informational materials, practical treehouse bulding experience, a climbing safety helmet, and lots of new treehouse friends.

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Hosting a Treehouse Workshop
Our workshops take place all over the country, and we often have students from other countries in attendance, so living near the Seattle area is not a prerequisite for attending or hosting a workshop. However, there are some rigid guidelines (listed below) associated with hosting a workshop. But before reading the guidelines, please understand that hosting a workshop is not a cost-saving option for soon-to-be treehouse owners. To be more clear, hosting a workshop does not save the host money on the design, planning, or construction of their treehouse. Typical workshop hosts are very welcoming, social people who want to share their project with other treehouse enthusiasts. These are educational and community-building events that enrich us all in important ways!

Treehouses generated from workshops can be broken down into three phases. The property owner (or host), will be heavily involved with Nelson Treehouse and Supply during the first two phases of the project. The third phase, however, is more open ended.

The first phase of creating a workshop treehouse (or any treehouse for that matter), is the Design phase. Clients must have a buildable design before Nelson Treehouse and Supply can begin the construction process. If clients do not have their own tree-compatible design, Nelson Treehouse and Supply can assist with this phase. For more information about the times and expense associated with this phase, please see the Design and Site Visits pages of our site.

The next phase is the actual workshop. This is a hands-on workshop for attendees and is meant to be educational and interactive. The workshop crew and attendees will get as much building done as they can during the five day workshop, but the treehouse will not be completed. In fact, at the end of most workshops, the platform is in place, but the walls, roof, windows, doors, and finish work take much longer than five days.

The final phase is completion of the treehouse. The workshop host is welcome to take over the project at this stage, and do the rest of the construction themselves (or hire local contractors to do it). However, if the workshop host would prefer to have Nelson Treehouse and Supply finish building the structure, the details of such a contract will be worked out separate from the workshop agreement. For a more detailed explanation of this phase, please contact us.

Sleeping
The property where the workshop will be held must accommodate a group of 30 adults for five days. The ideal property would include sleeping arrangements on-site. Sleeping arrangements for attendees may include camping (attendees bring their own tents and sleeping bags), yurts, bunkhouses, cottages, or a combination of these, but the host property must provide, or be very close to, full service accommodations (hotel/motel/B&B) for the workshop staff.

Parking
Regardless of the sleeping arrangements, the host property must have ample parking. Assuming each attendee drives to the workshop, the site will need to hold approximately 25 vehicles. Aside from the actual vehicle space, the ground needs to be solid and safe for driving and walking on. Plus, if the workshop host plans to have any friends stop by to see the build progress, those vehicles will need space also.

Restrooms/Bathing
The property must provide adequate restroom and shower facilities for 30 adults for five days. Unfortunately, we cannot ask our workshop attendees and staff to share one or two household restrooms, so the workshop host will often rent a mobile trailer that provides at least two extra restrooms and showers. Even if none of the attendees are camping on the host property, extra restrooms (but not showers) are still necessary.

Kitchen
Our workshop attendees and the workshop staff work hard all day, and they must be well nourished. The host property must have a well-appointed kitchen that is large enough to prepare meals and snacks for the entire group. Details regarding what food will be served and who will actually prepare the meals will be worked out on an individual basis.

Dining
The intent of every Treehouse Workshop is to spread as much information about treehousing as possible to and among the workshop attendees. To further this goal, all the attendees and the staff must be able to enjoy their meals together. This encourages networking and sharing, and fosters a cohesive group dynamic. The host property does not need a single table that seats 30 people, but rather an area where several tables with chairs can be grouped near one another, with the option of being under cover or indoors when weather may be an issue.

Details

The intent of every Treehouse Workshop is to spread as much information about treehousing as possible to and among the workshop attendees. To further this goal, all the attendees and the staff must be able to enjoy their meals together. This encourages networking and sharing, and fosters a cohesive group dynamic. The host property does not need a single table that seats 30 people, but rather an area where several tables with chairs can be grouped near one another, with the option of being under cover or indoors when weather may be an issue.

We only schedule two or three a year, so if you think that you have what it takes, please contact us!

Treehouse Workshop, LLC is a joint venture between Nelson Treehouse and Supply and TreehouseARTZ.