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.
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!
Jake Jacob Treehouse ARTZ
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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:
Patience please, If no one can pick up when you call, all messages will be returned
***UPDATE Oct. 1, 2013!
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."
(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;
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.
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!
Don't forget the facilitated tree climb and opportunities to ride the TreeHouseZiplines and Big Swing!!
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~
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.
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.
Hello One & All -
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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:
The Tree: Indeed, Where to Start
All That You Never Knew You Needed to Know... About Tree RiggingNow 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~