Saturday September 2nd was the final day of the treehouse build. I should say treehouse platform build, because that is so far what we have made. We have made, in essence, a tree for the house to go in. Quite an achievement, and the only reason why we couldn’t complete the whole of this ambitious project in time for Somerset Art Weeks later this month was because of unforeseen events that led to 5 course date cancellations (injury, work commitments…).
So here we were, with a staircase to put up, balustrades to make and the small matter of a floor. It was all hands to the plough on this beautiful September day.
The stair treads are metal; won’t slip, will last, easy to bolt in place (see through, too, which for me is key – this is becoming the invisible tree house). Huge thanks to Paul Bannell at Bannell Engineering in Glastonbury for making these up for us out of a sheet of metal. He made the metal ‘feet’ of the main frame too, and has become a major sponsor of the project.
See through metal treads bolted onto two reclaimed planks of Greenheart wood that has been in the ocean and never rots. Thanks for these, Jim.
Marcel and Josh did heroic work, dragging a huge old flagstone over to the site that in the end wasn’t used – thanks all the same you two, for our building Stonehenge moment:
And all day it was more of the same: Jim making the stairs, with some help from Ali taking a break from the catering, Joe Rosa and Bethan soldiering on through ALL the laths, cutting tenons for the balustrade, and some moments of relief: cute dog moment, and Joe up an apparently unclimbable tree:
By the end of the day the staircase was up, though there’s still work to be done on the cantilevered platform it leads up to.
Level! And all done by eye!
It was getting dark; I made cheese on toast for one last push of energy from everyone. Joe and Bethan were still working on the back balustrade,
And Jim had to get a torch out to finish securing the staircase. A fabulous day of great effort and commitment, and it’s set to continue. So watch this space for the next stage of the project (the House itself) and come and see the platform during Somerset Art Weeks: 23rd Sept – 8th Oct, 11 – 6pm, closed Mon Tues Wed; Venue 21.
Spot the carpenter in the tree