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Wednesday
Apr122006

How to build a Treehouse

231239-313046-thumbnail.jpgOne of my fondest childhood memories is of being absolutely fascinated by this illustration by Norman Lindsay for his classic childrens book The Magic Pudding

"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 welcome all types.

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"Yes please Papa"
231239-313055-thumbnail.jpgMaster 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 explorations.

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Reader Comments (4)

I think that's why I loved the ewoks so much - their funky tree-village. A small, furry swiss family robinson!
April 14, 2006 | Unregistered Commenteractonb
Thats a great looking tree house.

I always wanted one :) How cute is Charlie?
April 14, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWCS
I always wanted one too but we never had a big enough tree in our backyards. That never stopped me from designing them with my friends. We'd draw our ideal treehouse and then go scouting out the neighbourhood for big enough trees! Never found any.

Oh well. Maybe one day.

How cute is Mal?
April 15, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterUncle B
I would've loved a tree house but there's no space for a tree let alone one with a house in it in my mum's backyard.

Here in Savannah we don't even have a backyard, just a back door and a tiny passageway between us and the next building.
; )

so Mal, did you end up building one for Charlie? he is very cute!
April 15, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterSouthernBelle

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