With apologies to any who find their way to this blog from time to time, I confess I have been a very poor correspondent in 2010 and 2011.
On the upside, it’s been a very good time for construction at one of my signature projects in Ithaca, NY. January 2010 began with packed snow and ice on a bare platform, a stack of walls under a big blue tarp, and a lot of ideas about how they might one day fit in a truly incredible tree. December ended with a completed two-story treehouse carefully woven inside a dozen black willow trunks, a dozen or two feet in the air. By early May of this year, all the last details were finished and the keys to a wonderful two-story treehouse (yes, there were keys) were handed over to the young writers who now call it a second home.
As with any project involving a partner as complicated as a living tree, there were some surprises and reinventions along the way. Still, as all good treehouse projects do, this structure evolved with the tree and the owner’s inspirations into something better then we all imagined when the journey began.
I could dull your senses with a lot of words, but instead I invite you all to take a visual tour of this project, from start to finish, including more than 50 shots of the final product, by clicking on the Flickr previews at left or using this quick link here.
My thanks to you all for coming along for the ride, and to the wonderful young women who invited me in to their imagination so we could hatch this treehouse. My work continues with some consulting and a few projects heading into the design stage. As soon as they’re ready to be talked about, I’ll dust of the ol’ typing fingers and let you all know where we’re headed.
Of course, if you ever have any questions, need some tips or just want to share the magic you’re making, please feel free to drop a line.