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Treehouse workshop in Oregon, Oct 9-12 2014

edited September 2014 in Design
News from TreeHouse Workshop of the forthcoming treehouse workshop taking place this year at the Out-N-About Treesort in Takilma, Oregon. Registration and more information are available from Out-N-About.


of you may not have decided if you wish to attend the one day Pre-Con
(pre-conference). The menu for that day is small, but comprehensive.

Thursday Oct. 9, 2014 involves the following selection of all day workshops:

Climb the tree of Technologic

with John Shulters of Ascension Studios out of Placerville, CA

The Technologic design
process developed by Ascension Studios and Treehouse Nation covers the
four critical stages of treehouse design using the LIVE workflow:

LOCATION - We'll visit a
potential construction site and gather highly accurate digital site
survey data, including a full-scale 3D digital model of the tree(s) and
surrounding environment.

terrestrial and aerial photography, we'll scope out views from our
desired treehouse location, and quickly and efficiently examine our tree
for problems and opportunities to be aware of during design and

our site survey data back to the digital drawing board to take our
design from initial massing to finished construction documents to
photorealistic CG imagery.

EXPERIENCE - We return to
the actual site of the treehouse with our digital design to see it in
context and walk through a full scale representation of the plan to
finalize our desires and expectations before we begin construction.

During this course, attendees will learn the following techniques and skills:

How to use any digital camera combined with freely available software to create a 3D digital model of a tree.

The necessary skills and equipment to capture aerial footage of a project site.

How to use free digital design software to create a treehouse plan based around a highly accurate site survey.

What it takes to leverage
digital design data to produce stunning visualizations including
renderings, interactive scenes, and physical models.

How to use augmented reality applications to view a digital design in context on a project site.

Jake says:

John will amaze all comers
with his remarkable talent and steady hand for addressing the design
task in the trees and translate that into a incredibly accurate,
presentable and easy to assimilate set of files that one can proceed
through a serious project with. This is for all of you who have a little
geek in you. You do not necessarily need to draw well, but a solid
understanding of good design is helpful as you take this technical dance
through the trees. For one good full day put down your ropes and
hammers and pick up your iPads and/or laptops along with your digital
cameras and be guided through a fascinating tour of what can be done
with those tools!!

This workshop is limited to 12 participants.

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  • Tree Engineering: How they do it!...

    Scott Baker, Registered
    Consulting Arborist #414; Board Certified Master Arborist #PN0670B;
    Certified Tree Risk Assessor #145; Principal Consultant with Tree
    Solutions, Inc. in Seattle, WA

    Jake's words:

    Scott has generously
    contributed to the WTC gatherings with knowledge packed presentations on
    tree biology, ecology and tree bio-mechanics for tree structure
    builders since 1998. If you're truly interested in being a responsible
    treehouse or tree supported structure builder it is absolutely essential
    that you start in the right place. Scott will help you to expand your
    understanding of how trees grow and support themselves. I think it has
    clearly been established that structures in trees are sustainable... but
    NOT in the wrong tree and not with poor arboricultural knowledge that
    result in poor building practices. If the building approach and effort
    is not thoughtful, knowledgeable and plain ol' tree friendly you've
    scurried down the wrong branch. If you're new to this whole game then
    this is where you want to start if you want to learn more Scott will
    accommodate you too!......

    Scott's words:

    I will spend the day talking
    and looking at examples that help explain how the biology of a tree
    relates to the trees ability to engineer itself. If you want to build
    things in tree that will last a while understanding how trees stand up
    is essential.

    I ask all participants to
    bring some photos of... trees that they have worked in, trees they would
    like to work in, projects you have built, issues problems etc. Bring
    5-10 pictures on a drive or email them or Dropbox to me in advance

    If you wish to do up your photo as a power point slide that would be great.

    Tree Engineering: How they do it!

    Morning: Classroom - Review or learn the basics of tree biology and bio-mechanics.

    Outside- Look at examples of tree anatomy at Out n About. Learn more about Visual Tree Assessment (VTA)

    Afternoon: Classroom- discussion of participant pictures and experiences.

    Outside- More hands on VTA with Out'n'About examples.

    All That You Never Knew You Needed to Know... About Tree Rigging

    Jake Jacob, Ian Weedman & Mike Reynolds... tree climbers, riggers, builders, friends.

    An all day workshop on
    rigging, tips, techniques, tools, equipment and systems. Low impact tree
    entry; how to get aloft gently and securely. Once in the branches how
    to ascertain the best use of this mighty handy assistant and essential
    player called a tree (maybe several of them) in your treehouse building
    effort. Ropes, knots, pulleys, anchor points, loads, redirects,
    mechanical advantage (and disadvantage)... some tricks of the trade (do
    you know what a Handy Billy is?). You really don't need a crane or a
    forklift (that's way to much impact at the tree's base anyway). A
    different approach. We will do our best to demonstrate less expensive
    ways of hosting things aloft, and certainly can show you the
    bell'n'whistles tools as well. All day may prove to not be enough time!!

    This workshop is limited to 14 participants. Some tree climbing may be involved

    An All Day Tall Tree Climb 

    facilitated by Ryan Cafferky

    This all day experience is
    meant to be just that, an experience. For those of you who would just
    like to have a little fun and climb a tall tree under the expert
    guidance and watchful eye of a very nimble treeman, Ryan Cafferky. No
    previous tree climbing on ropes experience is necessary, but bring your
    sense of being intrepid and good shoes and long sleeved garments.

    This workshop is open to 2 (or 4) participants.

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  • Now on to Conference time: Friday, Saturday & Sunday...

    This year's keynote speaker is Don Perry (Dr. Donald Perry)...

    For over three decades Don
    Perry has developed new methods for exploring and understanding the
    complex biological communities found in the tops of tropical trees. He
    was the first to use zip lines to study the rain forest canopy. This
    work appeared on the covers of Scientific American, Smithsonian and the
    New York Sunday Times magazines. It was featured in Newsweek, Life, Geo,
    Paris Match, Quick of Germany, as well as numerous publications and
    documentaries worldwide.

    The feature film Medicine Man was based upon his book Life Above the Jungle Floor.

    Don is also the inventor of
    the Ecotram... The Ecotram is an exciting and delightful carriage device
    that will dangle at the WTC site. Don will tell us about it and,
    perhaps, allow us to demonstrate.

    Equipment gurus will be there. Niceguydave (Dave Stice)
    from WesSpur Tree Equipment, Inc. out of Bellingham WA with his dog
    Whiskey will be making their third appearance at the WTC. Dave will have
    a decent selection of simple and tricky goods across the board for all
    of you to purchase or simply drool over. New Tribe, designers and
    purveyors of fine tree climbing gear, from nearby Grants Pass, OR will
    be showing off their newest and latest saddles and other stuff.

    MichaeGL Garnier
    will be explaining, demonstrating the installation of and load testing
    the Garnier Limb® (GL) several times throughout the Conference days. The
    GL as a base perching/attachment mechanism that can be used in a
    multitude of ways and is the core of tree structure support systems.

    Architect Richard Berg
    will describe the process of designing his second treehouse (the first
    one was made out of sticks and boards nailed to a big laurel tree), in
    which he endeavored to create a treehouse design that would lay the
    groundwork for a very large piece of functional artwork. In the process,
    he has been learning how to provide enough information on the plans so
    that the treehouse fulfills the vision (and gets a building permit)
    while allowing the talented treehouse builders, engineer and materials
    provider latitude to create a much more amazing piece of art than can be
    shown in the drawings.

    Bill Nabil Taha, Ph.D., P.E., Structural Engineer...

    How to support your dream treehouse on a living tree? Let us keep the fun and make it a safe connection...

    Note from Jake: Bill aka,
    "Here's My Bill Nabil", will truly inform and entertain you as he
    coordinates the processes of attaching and establishing and distributing
    and calculating loads in that vertical cantilever we mere mortals call a
    "tree". Have your smart phones set to record his sing-song entertaining
    voice tell seriously educational things.

    [continues below...]

  • John Shulters of Ascension Studios...

    Technologic Crash Course (90 minute version)...

    This crash course will take a
    quick look into the Technologic toolkit to see how Ascension Studios
    and Treehouse Nation collaborate on the four main stages of treehouse
    design. There will be a practical demonstration of photogrammetry
    techniques to create a 3D digital scan of a tree, a walk-through of the
    basic techniques used in free CAD design software to produce accurate
    treehouse plans, a glimpse into some professional visualization
    techniques that provide beautiful photorealistic views of a design,
    interactive 3D experiences, and scale physical models, and hands-on
    experience with augmented reality applications to view digital designs
    in context. Attendees will witness the most cutting edge technology
    applied to treehouse design providing more accurate, paperless, and
    highly compelling design experiences to help both designers and clients.

    Treehouse Futures...
    This past year two fascinating treehouse carpenters embarked upon a
    month long bicycle tour down the upper west coast with the main goal of
    visiting as many treehouses and treehouse builders as possible...

    Lela Hull and Bemya
    adventure bARBORoja (no kidding that's his name)... will talk about
    that experience in the context of investing into Treehouse Futures...
    Lela says, "Treehouses are exploding in popularity right now... but for
    how long? How might we guide this increased interest to create
    sustainable culture for the long-term benefit of the forests, the
    planet, and thus, us?"

    Michael 'Barefoot' Murph and David Geisen... The Treehouse Building Experience.

    From meeting the client to
    sharing ideas and realizing a dream, David and Michael will talk about
    building relationships, dealing with budgets, sourcing materials and
    advertising your business. Also... a few tips on how to work in the
    trees without any shoes (or socks)...

    Realitree TV... Oh boy here goes...

    Reality TV Informs New Treehouse Building Model.

    We all know that Reality TV Shows document unscripted situations and actual occurrences, right?

    Charlee McClellan and Daryl McDonald...
    will prove otherwise in this discussion of their Reality TV experience
    and how it has changed the Nelson Treehouse & Supply treehouse
    building model. Get a behind the scenes look at Reality TV from free
    lunches to acting agents.

    Hear how the filming constraints created a system of precision and prefabrication from the ground up.

    Discover the evolution, successes and failures of building for TV.

    When the show signs off, how will the experience and systems inform the next treehouse building model?

    Charlee McClellan will do an open demonstration on the ever popular and almost ubiquitous SketchUp application as it relates and greatly assists in treehouse building.

    Surprise guests in design talks...

    Bubba Smith... Tool Reviews, Tips & Tricks.

    Jake's words: Substance and significance all in a subtle package.

    Bubba's words:

    I would like to share a
    bunch of quick little tips and tricks that I have enjoyed discovering in
    my 26 years as a carpenter which includes 12 years of professional
    treehousin'. Quick demonstrations may love of star drive
    screws, texturing and finishing old and new wood, faux finishing rusty
    steel plywood, wooden scaffold building, making a straight-line saw
    sled, story boarding, dealing with curves, dividing negative space,
    quick mixing concrete and sculpting trees from concrete. Let's all
    show, tell and play with our favorite tools, products and suppliers,
    including, fein multi-master, makita sander polisher, trend airshield
    dust helmet, drills, circular saws, bose ear buds, table saws, truck set
    ups, ladders, protractors, hewing planers, brush planers, grinders, saw
    blades, slot cutters, tool vests, ratchet straps, ram board, velcro,
    ice and water shield, star drive screws, timberlocks, penofin verde,
    glues, rusty metal, Pandora radio, Tacoma screw, Pacific Industrial,
    Amazon, and Screw-Products.

    Erik Marter on the challenge course, aerial tours and Adventure Park industry.

    Mike Reynolds and Jason Lindsey on zip line course design.

    MichaeGL Garnier, Jake Jacob and Cassidy Goodrich on strategizing the design of point load foundations in trees and overall platform design.

    MichaeGL will also talk (endlessly) on his unique approach to Bracketree

    Braeden Rockliffe from Victoria, BC
    will bring us the Monkey Bubble House, a portable, fully livable
    treehouse that is built without screws or nails. It can be taken apart
    in the blink of an eye and fits into the back of a small truck.

    Pre-Con'rs Scott Baker, Jake Jacob, Ian Weedman, Mike Reynolds as well as Jason Lindsey will present variously on rigging, zip line design and bridge building.

    Throughout the course of the Conference there will be facilitated climbs (with ropes in trees) as coordinated by Ryan Cafferky, Jason Lindsey and Austin DeRock. Other friends who may help get high in trees and demonstrate a myriad of technical climbing procedures are Scott Baker, Jake Jacob, Ian Weedman, Mike Reynolds and Ken Huck.

    And all of this at Out'n'About Treesort
    an amazing place for the whole family. Treehouses to stay in, zip lines
    to ride, trees to climb, a super giant tree swing to swing on, good
    food to eat, horses to ride and friends to meet.

    Treehousing is gaining in
    popularity and interest all over the world. If you have a hankering to
    get aloft and build something that celebrates your creativity (and, yup,
    brings out your inner child) and you would like to do it right, this is
    a great place to initiate that ambition.

    Fair winds aloft~

    ---Jake Jacob [TreeHouse Workshop]
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