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The Treehouse Book Paperback – July 7, 2000
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It seems that almost everyone likes treehouses. Smiles of recognition turn into grins of enthusiasm as more people discover them and dream about making their own private retreats or family play spaces. And it's nice to remind ourselves that treehouses are built into the oldest and most forgiving, living things on earth. Also, history records treehouses as being built as deliberate follies, as challenges for arboreal designers, for merrymaking, and for keeping the spirit of fairy tales alive. But treehouses can also be social places. We will visit many that were built to entertain, to hang out with friends, or as guest houses. Trees come in all types.
Master treehouse builders Peter and Judy Nelson, with David Larkin, have embarked on yet another treehouse-discovery expedition across America, this time adding the investigation of backyard playhouses to their agenda. Now, in The Treehouse Book, they reveal their findings, illustrated and described in the most complete volume yet. From casual treeshacks made from discarded lumber to multitiered feats of fancy, they found shelters representing myriad builders--interesting characters ranging from childhood fanatics grown up, to weekend carpenters, to those who want their grandkids to have the best clubhouse on the block.
Detailed how-to information, including plans and drawings, is woven with behind-the-scenes tales of each structure's occupants and stunning interior and exterior photographic exploration.
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About the Author
Peter and Judy Nelson are builders of custom houses. They are the authors of the bestselling Home Tree Home and Treehouses: The Art and Craft of Living Out on a Limb.
David Larkin is a renowned editor and book designer. His many bestselling books include Frank Lloyd Wright: The Masterworks, American Masterworks, Barn and Treehouses: The Art and Craft of Living Out on a Limb.
- ASIN : 0789304112
- Publisher : Universe; Illustrated edition (July 7, 2000)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780789304117
- ISBN-13 : 978-0789304117
- Item Weight : 1.92 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.56 x 0.68 x 8.53 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #164,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Peter starts you off with a very useful section entitled "Choice of Tree". There he briefly touches upon suitability of various tree species to treehouse construction and provides a mini sketch of each tree species with a treehouse. Immediately after comes some very accurate arboriculture advice from Jonathan Fairoaks. It's nice to find a treehouse book that gets this part right for a change.
For me, the real value of this book is in the tour it takes you on of many notable treehouse. I bring this book to meetings with clients so they can see the many incredible things possible. And for those who've never considered it possible that a treehouse could be any more than a small, roughly built box, this book will blow their minds.
What this book lacks is building advice. It's not a "how-to" book. There really is no great "how-to" book out there. Even so, highly recommended.
Anyone who has dreams of owning a house in the trees will enjoy this book. Imagine living in the woods, not in a cottage or cabin on the ground, but up in the branches of a tree that sways gently when the North Wind blows. Or spending your day face-to-beak with woodpeckers and wrens.
A very nice assortment of treehouse photographs, along with brief descriptions for each.
You'd need a more technical book before embarking on actual construction, but I've seen none better for inspiring many evenings of daydreaming.