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The Treehouse Book Paperback – July 7, 2000

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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (July 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789304112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789304117
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Corbin Dunn on February 27, 2006
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This book has some excellent pictures of treehouses. I love it! It is one of my favorite treehouse books. It is not for someone looking to build a treehouse; for that, i recommend "Home Tree Home", by Peter Nelson. Back in 1999, I built my own treehouse, primarily using ideas from "Home Tree Home" and prior treehouse building experience. I lived in it for 5 years.
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I have read every one of Peter Nelson's books, and he is not only a beautiful writer, but also a gifted craftsman. If you want to dream about living in the trees or even make it a reality...each of these books will give you a wonder-filled ride through the pages as well as technical information and all the motivation you might need to build your own. The stories and photographs are breath taking and alive. I have been lucky enough to witness Peter Nelson's craftsmanship in person, but it also comes alive through the pages of all three of his books. Go buy each one of the books right away and see for yourself the wonder of "living out on a limb". Fantastic!
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This is the third book from Peter Nelson of Treehouse Workshop. His previous two delved in depth into treehouse construction. This work is more a survey of the many wonderful treehouses to be found throughout the world. It is crammed with quality color photographs and, unlike a previously reviewed work, has a unifying narrative throughout.

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.
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This book opens up a world that for most of us has been closed since childhood, a world of playhouses nestled in and among trees. With brilliant photography the authors have arrayed for us a variety of unique playhouse conformations in settings that are startling in their beauty and bewildering in their design. Especially notable are the play structures by the artist, Barbara Butler. This book is a bountiful source of ideas and inspiration for those contemplating something special for their children. Or, for that matter, for anyone who has a hankering to spend some time a little closer to nature in a less than conventional setting.
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This book along with Treehouses of the World are inspirational page after page. If you are a fan of treehouses, this book is a must in your collection.
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I really liked the whole book, but I especially liked the part about kids treehouses. Some of them were homemade, and some of them were built by an artist. Before I read the book, I was wondering what different treehouses look like. I thought the treehouses with a loft and a ladder would be lots of fun to explore. Some of the treehouses were hotels. One of the treehouses was built by a robber! He had used it as a place to store his disguises. I thought it was a very good book.
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This book is just as good as the front cover picture suggests: pie-in-the-sky treehouses. The kind that you dreamed about as a kid? Its obvious from this book that some adults still think about and make their dreams become beautiful structures in reality. If you ever wanted a pictoral book of treehouses representing your wildest imaginations, this is the book for you!
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By A Customer on September 14, 2000
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This book might look good on a coffee table, but that's about all. It gives little information on how to build treehouses and lacks the genearal knowledge of other treehouse authors. If you want the best book on treehouses, check-out the original, The Treehouse Book, by David Stiles. His book gives detailed designs on how to build many different treehouses and helps you decide which one is best for you. Mr Stiles has written on the subject for over thirty years and has published several other books on treehouses, including, Tree Houses You Can Actually Build. These books enlighten and inform, rather than just visually stimulate. Anyone interested in learning about or building a treehouse would do well to pass on this book and go straight to the source--Mr Stiles--the treehouse guru.
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