Conferences

13th (if annual) World Treehouse Conference
Oct. 4th, 5th & 6th 2013

Come for Pre-Conference Special on the 3rd, stay tuned here for updates! (or scroll to middle of page, more details on main conference now)

Dear Treehouse Enthusiasts,

The WTC (World Treehouse Conference) is scheduled for the first weekend of October again. The 4th thru the 6th, 2013 (a pre-con day on Oct. 3), is a revival and expansion of the original WTC (World Treehouse Conference) and GTS (Global Treehouse Symposium) that began in 1997 at Out'n'About Treesort in Takilma, OR.

All About at Out'n'About:

Hands on... minds on... the conference is dedicated to sharing the knowledge it takes to... build the best treehouses... build the best ziplines & platforms.
 
Hey, come share what you know and trade your tips & techniques as you sit around a tree or find yourself up on a limb away from it all.

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 up in the trees in ways that the trees will naturally be able to adapt to.
 
Michael Garnier (to some he is known as MichaeGL®) of Garnier Limb® fame... by others as the treehouse masters master and his high-flying family and crew 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 arborially sound way.

The conference will focus on:

*   Trees... their biology and mechanics

*   Engineering principles

*   Treehouse design

*   Platform design

*   Zip line design

*   Rigging, hardware installation, testing and construction techniques

*   TV Reality Show acting and the role it plays in building a treehouse

 There will be workshops and seminars presented by professionals in arbor work, engineering, design, rigging, climbing, machine/tool design and canopy work.

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.

Cost:
By 21st Century standards, this is still a deal, same as last year!
    (1.) The basic (core) conference fee... $350.00
    (2.) There will be a meal package of $150 or the Saturday banquet only for $50.
    The meal package will include breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday (Saturday night is a banquet of some consequence) and Sunday brunch... all meals will have meat and vegetarian dishes. If special vegan, gluten free or other needs are important please take that up with the Treesort staff when you book your lodgings.
    (3.) A lodgings fee (depending on the treehouse). I can tell you that camping is one (often popular) option at a rate of $10 per person per night... i.e. two people in one tent would be $20 a night for the occupants of the tent. Camp outs will have full bath house showering and clothes washing services available, hence the per person assessment.
    In addition to the above and another feature is that there will be a menu of pre-conference classes and workshops all day Thursday Oct. 4 to consider:
    All pre-cons will be a $125 charge, plus a lunch option fee. We will have more details on the speakers and schedule soon as we can!
Sincerely,
Jake Jacob Treehouse ARTZ  
care of
http://www.treehouses.com
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Already sure you want to sign up? click HERE for registration form.
Complete then submit it, then call the Treesort office to arrange payment with credit card or otherwise, 9am to 5pm Pacific time:
541-592-2208
Patience please, If no one can pick up when you call, all messages will be returned

***UPDATE Oct. 1, 2013!
Most recent details on Fri., Sat. Sun. schedule sent to our email list, to find more on Thurs. schedule, please click here or scroll further down:

Subject: World Treehouse Conference schedule update!

More on Sessions and Presentations percolating and a 'brewin' at the 13th Annual World Treehouse Conference~

Overview of Friday's schedule:

9:00am — A Welcome Note with Introductions and an Overview by Michael (aka MichaeGL) Garnier, Jake Jacob and others.

9:45 - 10:00am — gather one's thoughts, grab some coffee…

Then as the morning progresses there will be two sessions running concurrently;

(1.) A special two hour session with John Shulters of Ascension Studios. This will be a 120 minute condensed version of John's all day Pre-Con workshop presented on the day before. Here is a description of John's workshop/seminar in John's words and mine…

    John says: "This workshop will focus on a few critical design approaches tailored to treehouse builders, including picking the best location and views without the need for ladders or ropes, a digital site survey of the trees to provide an accurate base for your design, creating digital structural and framing plans to determine your needed materials, and producing beautiful images and physical models of your design to keep you motivated and inspired throughout construction... all with free software and tools you probably already own."
   Jake says: John will amaze all comers with his remarkable talent and steady hand for addressing the design task in the trees and translate that into a incredibly accurate, presentable and easy to assimilate set of files that one can proceed through a serious project with. This is for all of you who have a little geek in you. You do not necessarily need to draw well, but a solid understanding of good design is helpful as you take this technical dance through the trees. For one good full day put down your ropes and hammers  and pick up your iPads and/or laptops along with your digital cameras and be guided through a fascinating tour of what can be done with those tools!!

(2.) A special two hour session with Scott Baker on Tree biology, ecology and bio-mechanics. This seminar will be the Reader's Digest abridged version of Scott's Thursday all day Pre-Conf workshop.

The Tree: Indeed, Where to Start;
   Scott Baker, Registered Consulting Arborist #414; Board Certified Master Arborist #PN0670B; Certified Tree Risk Assessor #145; Principal Consultant with Tree Solutions, Inc. in Seattle, WA
Scott has generously contributed to the WTC(&Z) gatherings with knowledge packed presentations on tree biology, ecology and tree bio-mechanics for tree structure builders since 1998. If you're truly interested in being a responsible treehouse or tree supported structure builder it is absolutely essential that you start in the right place. Scott will help you to expand your understanding of how trees grow and support themselves. I think it has clearly been established that structures in trees are sustainable… but NOT in the wrong tree and not with poor arboricultural knowledge that result in poor building practices. If the building approach and effort is not thoughtful, knowledgeable and plain ol' tree friendly you've scurried down the wrong branch. If you're new to this whole game then this is where you want to start if you want to learn more Scott will accommodate you too!……

Lunch.

After lunch there will be 90 minute presentations/talks on;

    "Designing in and of the trees—Dr. Seuss with Rustic Roots". Presented by B'fer Roth of The Treehouse Guys. Llc. and an original founder of Forever Young Treehouses. B'fer is from Warren, Vermont.

    "Bracketree… an in depth talk on all the different brackets that can be used with the GL®". This is presented by none other than MichaeGL Garnier.
    MichaeGL also will be explaining, demonstrating the installation of and load testing the Garnier Limb® (GL) several times throughout the course of the Conference. The GL® as a base perching/attachment mechanism that can be used in a multitude of ways and is the core of tree structure support systems.

    Permitting, Zoning and Building Code Issues (is a bridge a corridor?) Plus a smattering on insurance… round table with Heiland Hoff, architect and others…

    Plus more defined later!
Apologies for filling in some blanks up to the last minute...

Don't forget the facilitated tree climb and opportunities to ride the TreeHouseZiplines and Big Swing!!

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Saturday will include more on Tree Biology & Bio-Mechanics. However, Saturday's primary focus is on the engineering side of the equation.

The primary presenter will be Dr. Bill Taha~
   Seminar with Dr. Bill Taha;
Dr. Taha received his PH.D. in Civil/Structural Engineering from Kansas State University in 1988. Bill started his own company, Precision Structural Engineering, Inc. located in Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1995. His vast experience and knowledge has led his company to be licensed in 48 states and has completed projects in 15 countries. His love for engineering lead him to teach as a Professor of Civil and Structural Engineering at Oregon Institute of Technology for 8 years. His enthusiasm for engineering and his passion for helping people bring their dreams to life has fueled his life as an engineer.
(Please consider visiting Bill’s website at http://www.structure1.com/html/projects.htm to view some of his past projects.)
 
You can contact Bill at:
Precision Structural Engineering, Inc.
250 Main Street, Suite A
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
541-850-6300

As well as;

MichaeGL Garnier (in between load testing on variations of GL® treehouse hardware, which will be ongoing throughout the Conference) and Heiland Hoff of Heiland Hoff Architecture will talk on basic engineering and the observance of typical treehouse loading situations. (You can visit MichaeGL at Out'n'About Treesort, but actually finding him is the trick!?! This is your chance)

In addition, Saturday will feature talks and sessions on other types of tree structures such as zip lines and the platform designs and approaches relating to tree-to-tree aerial tours with presenters;

Mike Reynolds, formerly with Challenge Towers Aerial Adventures of Todd, NC, talking on zip lines, bridges and platforms. (With some help from Jason Lindsey from Maui, HI).

Erik Marter of Synerco from Tigard, OR on zip line operations.

A 90 minute rigging talk with Jake Jacob. (A presentation similar to what was presented in Thursday's all day rigging workshop, but on 2x fast forward speed).

Saturday is, of course, also banquet night and the keynote talk from Pete Nelson will occur in conjunction with dinner.

Pete will also be facilitating a session on treehouse design earlier in the day. Pete's design talk compliments B'fer's Friday talk.
Here and there throughout the day Saturday will be facilitated tree climbs plus tips & techniques on arborist style tree climbing.

Sunday tends to be a slower tempo day… nonetheless, it will include various spins on a number of essential aspects pertinent to building in the trees;

There will be a session on Carpentree (treehouse building) with Bubba Smith, carpenter extraordinaire (with help from MichaeGL, Frank Anderson plus others from the Out'n'About crew, a diversely experienced and talented bunch.

Sunday will have reviews on tree biology, tree climbing, tree rigging and tree structure building… plus there will be opportunities to actually climb tall trees.
 
See you aloft or down on the ground with a notepad and coffee!!!

---Jake
 


***UPDATE Sept. 19, 2013!
Thurs. Pre-Conf schedule copy of email sent to our list:

Hello One & All -

If you're receiving this email it means that you have either written with interest to attend, or have already registered to attend this year's (2013) World Treehouse Conference in Takilma, OR at the world renowned Out'n'About Treesort near Cave Junction, OR.
 
Or… you're just on the mailing list!!! (use 'unsubscribe' at bottom anytime)
 
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.
 
Thursday Oct. 3, 2013 involves the following selection of all day workshops:
Climb the tree of Technologic
with John Shulters of Ascension Studios out of Placerville, CA
http://ascensionstudios.com/
John says: "This workshop will focus on a few critical design approaches tailored to treehouse builders, including picking the best location and views without the need for ladders or ropes, a digital site survey of the trees to provide an accurate base for your design, creating digital structural and framing plans to determine your needed materials, and producing beautiful images and physical models of your design to keep you motivated and inspired throughout construction...all with free software and tools you probably already own."
Jake says: John will amaze all comers with his remarkable talent and steady hand for addressing the design task in the trees and translate that into a incredibly accurate, presentable and easy to assimilate set of files that one can proceed through a serious project with. This is for all of you who have a little geek in you. You do not necessarily need to draw well, but a solid understanding of good design is helpful as you take this technical dance through the trees. For one good full day put down your ropes and hammers  and pick up your iPads and/or laptops along with your digital cameras and be guided through a fascinating tour of what can be done with those tools!!
This workshop is limited to 12 participants.
The Tree: Indeed, Where to Start
Scott Baker
, Registered Consulting Arborist #414; Board Certified Master Arborist #PN0670B; Certified Tree Risk Assessor #145; Principal Consultant with Tree Solutions, Inc. in Seattle, WA
Scott has generously contributed to the WTC(&Z) gatherings with knowledge packed presentations on tree biology, ecology and tree bio-mechanics for tree structure builders since 1998. If you're truly interested in being a responsible treehouse or tree supported structure builder it is absolutely essential that you start in the right place. Scott will help you to expand your understanding of how trees grow and support themselves. I think it has clearly been established that structures in trees are sustainable… but NOT in the wrong tree and not with poor arboricultural knowledge that result in poor building practices. If the building approach and effort is not thoughtful, knowledgeable and plain ol' tree friendly you've scurried down the wrong branch. If you're new to this whole game then this is where you want to start if you want to learn more Scott will accommodate you too!…
All That You Never Knew You Needed to Know... About Tree Rigging
Jake Jacob & Mike Reynolds
… tree climbers, riggers, builders, friends.
An all day workshop on rigging, tips, techniques, tools, equipment and systems. Low impact tree entry; how to get aloft gently and securely. Once in the branches how to ascertain the best use of this mighty handy assistant and essential player called a tree (maybe several of them) in your treehouse building effort. Ropes, knots, pulleys, anchor points, loads, redirects, mechanical advantage (and disadvantage)… some tricks of the trade (do you know what a Handy Billy is?). You really don't need a crane or a forklift (that's way to much impact at the tree's base anyway). A different approach. We will do our best to demonstrate less expensive ways of hosting things aloft, and certainly can show you the bell'n'whistles tools as well. All day may prove to not be enough time!!
This workshop is limited to 14 participants. Some tree climbing may be involved.
Now on to Conference time: Friday, Saturday & Sunday:
MichaeGL Garnier will be explaining, demonstrating the installation of and load testing the Garnier Limb® (GL) several times throughout the course of the Pre-Con day and the Conference days. The GL as a base perching/attachment mechanism that can be used in a multitude of ways and is the core of tree structure support systems. MichaeGL will also be presenting his seminar on Bracketree, an in depth talk on all the different brackets that can be used with a GL®.
 
This year's keynote speaker is Pete Nelson who has become a bit of a media star of late as the lead talent on the  incredibly successful Treehouse Masters TV show (seen on the Animal Planet network). He's the real deal and may amuse us with explaining what is not!!
 
Throughout the course of the Conference there will be facilitated climbs (with ropes in trees) as coordinated by Jake Jacob and Austin DeRock, both TCI (Tree Climber's International) facilitators. Other friends who may help get high in trees and demonstrate a myriad of technical climbing procedures are Michael Oxman and Ryan Cafferky. Scott Baker, Ken Huck and Austin DeRock will guide a big tree climb on Sunday.
 
Equipment gurus will be there. Niceguydave (Dave Stice) from WesSpur Tree Equipment, Inc. out of Bellingham WA with his dog Whiskey will have a decent selection of simple and tricky goods across the board for all of you purchase or simply droll over. New Tribe, purveyors of fine tree climbing gear, from nearby Grants Pass, OR will be showing off their newest and latest saddles and other stuff.
 
Professional engineers will discuss and conduct seminars on disseminating how to distribute loads in trees and help you understand how complex that dance can be (or not).
 
Besides treehouses there are other structures that can be situated up in trees. Canopy tours, zip lines, giant swings, and platform systems to accommodate what I have just listed are other forms of man engineered and imagined items to put aloft. There will be people at the Conference who make their living in these arenas, sharing information. Erik Marter from Synerco, Jason Lindsey, Mike Reynolds… between the three of them they have probably laid out enough zip line to circle the globe!
 
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

 

Phun Activitrees »

Many additional activitrees are available at various prices whether you stay with us or not, some with no fees.

Horseback Rides are $50 per person an hour (last minute ride cancellations subject to full fee per person).
River Rafting by referral only, please request this activity as far in advance of your visit as possible.
Ziplines are our most popular treesort participation activitree most readily available: TreehouseZiplines.com
A package price for multiple giant swings and assorted zip rides is happening if that's what you want to do, so please talk to us...

There are MANY free activitrees you can enjoy here including swimming in our fresh water river fed rock lined pool (reserved for our treeserved guests), with plenty of hiking and biking. Plus there is the inevitable asking questions about things for which Michael is almost always available (but getting the answers you are looking for may be another question <wink>).

Most Extree classes, especially crafts, involve a small fee for the instructor and cost of materials if any are not included.