World Treehouse Conference Columbus Day Weekend 2017 - October 6th, 7th and 8th with a pre-conference day on the 5th.

Video tutorials from 2014 our conference available: part 1, part 2 and part 3

The World Treehouse Conference(WTC) for 2017 is scheduled for the first weekend in October, 6th, 7th and 8th with a pre-conference day held on the 5th  This gathering is, once again, a spirited revival and expansion of the World Treehouse Association(WTA) and the Global Treehouse Symposium(GTS), which all began in 1997 at the Out 'n' About Treehouse Treesort in Takilma, OR.

Already sure you want to sign up? Click HERE for our registration form.

Come for the pre-conference special on the 5th, stay tuned here for updates! (bottom of page)

Please complete and submit the form.  Once you submit the form you should receive a call from the main office within 24 to 48hrs to confirm your registration and get you booked into a lodging option or you can try calling 541-592-2208 between 9am and 5pm PST, daily.


Hands on, minds on, the conference encourages sharing the knowledge it takes to; build the best treehouses; build the best ziplines & platforms. Come learn a new knot, a new twist, a new frontier!

Hey, just come, share what you know and trade your tips & techniques as you sit around a tree or find yourself up on a limb, either away from it all or in the thick of it… or just as an ornament… enjoying the view.

Michael Garnier (to some known as MichaeGL®) of Garnier Limb® notoriety, to others as the ‘treehouse masters master’. M-Gar and his high-flying family and crew again will be hosting a gathering of interested folks and aficionados who simply need to know more about trees and building structure in them in a safe and arboreally sound way.

The conference is just that, a rendezvous of activity and seminars on what trees are; the importance they have in our lives and to the planet; enjoying getting up into them; and thoughts and perspectives of ways to safely design and build treehouses, zip lines and zip line platforms within and up in the trees, in ways that the trees will naturally be able to adapt to.

The conference will focus on:

o   Trees, their biology and mechanics

o   Engineering principles

o   Hardware design and evolution

o   Treehouse design

o   Platform design

o   Zip line design

o   Rigging, hardware installation, testing and construction techniques

o   The phenomenon of TV Reality Show and the role it plays in building a treehouse

There will be workshops and seminars presented by professionals in arbor work, engineering, architecture, computer assisted design, rigging, climbing, machine/tool design, canopy work, canopy travel and the reality of TV.

There are openings for instructors and presenters for these and other other relevant topics. If a class is accepted the conference fee will be reduced. There is room for five to ten 90 minute workshop sessions on each day, Friday and Saturday, with 3 on Sunday or a trip to the redwoods, or a tall tree climb.

If you work in trees for activity and entertainment sake or have an interest in understanding more about minimal forest floor impact and tree friendly construction aloft, this will be a rich weekend. There will be many limbs to explore.

For the gearheads there will be exhibitors of tree and treehouse hardware, zip line and canopy tour gear. There will be hands on demonstrations of application and installation of many different styles of tree hardware. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and be involved... and climb.

The venue is an adventure in and of itself. Out'n'About Treehouse Treesort is a genuinely unique and supremely innTREEguing place. Treehouses abound, always good food, good talk, with plenty of new people from far and wide (and aloft) to meet on the ground and up a tree.

If you're interested in treehouse accomodation, please book your space at the Treesort now, start your travel plans early at:

Or call: 541-592-2208
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There will be treehouse and ride sharing from the Medford, OR airport for anyone interested.

Please feel free to write me back if you have an interest in being a presenter or have further thoughts, questions or observations.

Swing on in... fair winds, good climbing... see you aloft~
and most importantly, welcome to the bark side. .  .

—Jake Jacob, TreehouseARTZ
Conference Coödinator


By 21st Century standards, this is a real deal:

    (1.) The basic (core) conference fee; $350.00

    (2.) There will be a meal package of $200, or the Saturday banquet only; $60.

    The meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday (Saturday night is a banquet of some consequence) with Sunday brunch. All meals will have meat and vegetarian dishes. If special dietary needs are important to you please inform the Treesort staff when you book your lodgings.

    (3.) Lodging fees depend on accommodations.  Camping is often a very popular option and runs at $20 per person, per night. (i.e. two people in one tent is $40/night for the occupants of the tent). Campers will have full access to breakfast, full bathrooms and outdoor cooking facilities (i.e. BBQ's, propane burners and very limited cooking utensils) but are required to clean up after themselves.

    In addition to the above another feature is that there will be a menu of pre-conference all day Thursday Oct. 4 workshops to consider, albeit for a separate fee.
All pre-confs will be a $125 charge, plus a lunch option fee TBA.

 Post conference workshops are possible, not yet determined.


Jake Jacob Treehouse ARTZ
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Last year's conference

Update released Sept. 17, '15!~
Hello Treehouse Zealots, One & All -
If you're receiving this email it means that you have either written with interest to attend, or have are already registered to attend this year'sWorld Treehouse Conference 2015 in Takilma, Oregon at the world renowned Out'n'About Treehouse Treesort outside Cave Junction near the California border.
I realize that the conference approaches rapidly and my apologies for such a late report. Gosh, we're all aloft and busy these days!
Many 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:
This year's keynote speaker is Ben Brungraber, Ph.D., P.E.… Doctor of Philosophy in Timber Frame Engineering.
Ben is a co-founder of Fire Tower Engineered Timber based in Providence, Rhode Island.  Ben is a timber frame visionary with more than forty years experience in the field, including trend-setting research on mortise and tenon joinery. Ben is a long time friend, confidant, advisor and occasional savior in treehouse engineering dilemmas that no one else will take on to Jake Jacob, usually arriving on the scene in a ragtop (aka, convertible) car. 
Ben will also facilitate an all day workshop on Thursday, October 1. He will provide what insight he can on the challenges that the vertical cantilever (quite often referred to as a tree) can pose to those of us interested in designing and installing structures aloft.
In Ben’s words…
1.       Tolerance for uncertainties - when public safety is at stake, what CAN an engineer be reasonably expected to tolerate? To some extent, our job is to impose some order on chaos - with "job," "impose," "some," "order,"  and "chaos" all being terms subject to discussion and interpretation.
2.       A key to life: the graceful execution of Plan B.  Structural redundancy is a time-honored scheme for helping engineers to sleep.  Having a way to reinforce a structure is another.
3.       The power of clear disclaimers.  “While this structure can reasonably be expected to resist imposed gravity loads and wind loading, this clearly is not intended as a refuge in high winds.
Heiland Hoff, architect from Heiland Hoff Architecture will present on the challenges of getting a treehouse permitted.

Also, important to the engineers and architects who want to help us build treehouses there will be a live human stress test on TreeloonSerendipitree or Pleasentree if there are enough participants and willingness.

A fix on 25 year old Peacock Perch.     peacockperchnight

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 fourth appearance at the WTC. Dave will have a store on wheels with a decent selection of simple and tricky goods across the board for all of you to purchase or simply drool over. 
Dave, along with Tim Kovar of Tree Climbing Planet and Dustin Fleming of Tree Houses Canada will lead an all day workshop on Aerial Rescue (AR) focusing on what sorts of incidences and typical injuries and rescue scenarios might be anticipated for a treehouse worker vs. what an arborist or a recreational tree climber might encounter? 
In DaveTim and Dustin there would be an industry AR expert, a recreational tree climbing guru and a practicing tree worker who has his hand in treehouse work… this strikes me a good combo to put an interesting, informative “module” together.
In Dave Stice’s words…
The purpose of this course is to allow the rigging crew and carpentry crew to be able to facilitate patient assessment and treatment as well as rescue where warranted of an injured crew member from the canopy and/or platform. Students will learn primary assessment skills, trauma care, stabilization/packaging, rigging/pickoff systems, and working with Fire service/EMS staff.
This course is set up as a 6-7 hour class. Students will get hands on in the crew based pick off systems, as well as primary care.
The Ryan&Ryan show.
Ryan Cafferky and Ryan Murphy both working, agile climbing arborists (and tree climbing competitors) will guide their attendees through climbing systems. Basic DDRT, yes… but primarily more focus on SRT and RADS and then touch on work positioning using a lanyard etc. 
And, if time allows, certain devices could be demonstrated such as the Unicender, the HitchHiker, the SAKA (or HASS) knee ascenders, the Rope Wrench, the Rope Walker. 
Ian Weedman and Seanix Zenobia will talk about and demonstrate different lifting systems and methods of moving materials into trees. And, more importantly about rigging safety in the trees. Emphasis on safety: vectors, loading zones, know/calculate-your-load issues, equipment limits, points about equipment abuse, when to retire gear, etcetera, etcetera…
Haley Galbraith, Casey Clapp and Chris Madison from Tree Solutions, Inc. will fill in for Scott Baker this year. In fact, they may be more refreshing and entertaining (well, it’s hard to beat Scott’s style of entertaining??). They will present an all day workshop on tree biology and tree bio-mechanics and much much more on tree engineering. If you’re new to treehousing… this is the best place to start.
Daryl McDonald and MichaeGL Garnier will be pulling off the Knee Brace Seminar…
Observe, explore, comment and expand upon various approaches to establish the "dynamic triangle" with upward suspenders or downward adjustable “top link” or SD style brackets. A careful inspection of what's out there these days and how these systems might be approached and improved in the future… including a thoughtful eye on anticipating retrofitting as the tree expands in girth. Daryl McDonald from NTS (Nelson Treehouse & Supply) and MichaeGL from the rest of the world… will be demonstrating and defending two (subtly) different all-important, vital support design ideas.
Mike Shulters of Ascension Studios…
SketchUp Crash Course on 3D models (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 treehouse design. There will be a 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.
Pete Nelson on designing the old fashioned way (before there was TV even!!) with pencil and paper and astute, keen observation skills  coupled with a solid knowledge of framework and spacial limits. This guy is very gifted (and left handed) in this arena!!  
Mike Reynolds and Jason Lindsey on bridge and zip line design and installation.
Alex Meyer on treehouse project management… 
Don’t let the planning and organization of your treehouse project intimidate you!  
Just as the trees guide the treehouse design, allow your project constraints (time, budget, resources, design, environment, location) to help you create an effective plan with an organic flexibility that will make for an organized and successful build. 
MichaeGL will also talk (endlessly here’n'there) on his unique approach to Bracketree.
Jake Jacob will mess around demonstrating and pointing out… I Know Knotting… the knot as a valuable tool. (Maybe, if you can get him to sit still long enough!!)
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
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