Saturday, September 14, 2013

Treehouses: The Art and Craft of Living out on a Limb

1994, possibly first edition, from Houghton Mifflin Company
Peter Nelson, edited and designed by David Larkin, principal photography by Paul Rocheleau, with drawings by Royal Barry Wills and Charles H. Crombie
Treehouses: The Art and Craft of Living out on a Limb
Original price $19.95, purchase price $5.60
Worn paperback

There are two irrational desires that Walt Disney's Swiss Family Robinson fueled in me as a child.  One was a crush on Tommy Kirk.  The other was a wish to live, or at least vacation, in a treehouse, even though I was and am afraid of heights.  This book obviously taps into the latter desire, one that I'm not alone in.  Nelson and even more so Rocheleau offer glimpses of treehouses around the world (although disproportionately in the Pacific Northwest), from simple platforms to villas.  The middle part of the book shows how Nelson, with the help of hard-working friends, built a treehouse in British Columbia.  Although there's some practical advice, this isn't really a how-to book, but fuel for daydreams and perhaps inspiration.  As such, it works.

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