Cool Jobs on TV: Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters
There’s something magical about a treehouse. Tucked inside the protective arms of Mother Nature, high above the Earth’s floor, they provide sanctuary from parental interference and fodder for the imagination. It may look like a wooden box on stilts from the outside, but from the inside it’s a pirate ship, a rocket or a medieval castle.
Pete Nelson is a man who never outgrew his love of treehouses. He loved them so much, he set out on a quest to discover and document the most incredible treehouses in the world. These magnificent structures weren’t built for kids in a couple of weekends. They’re marvels of modern engineering and they’re strictly for grown-ups.
Each week’s episode revolves around a treehouse building project with a twist. There’s a circular Irish cottage with a rainmaking mechanism, the world’s first spa in a tree and an enormous full-size apartment with a loft for a Texas rancher.
To get the job done, Nelson employs the same craftsmen you’d need to build a house including plumbers, electricians, and carpenters. But building a structure in the trees requires someone with an understanding of different types of trees and how they grow.
Professional treehouse building also requires knowledge of special techniques that assure the structure will be safe and will remain in its perch for years to come. Constructing a 75,000-pound house with all the amenities is a big job. Building that house up in the trees is the stuff reality shows are made of.
Watch Treehouse Masters every Friday at 10:00 but you can catch a repeat tonight at 10:00 on Animal Planet.
What Do You Think?
UK Building company Blue Forest has their main office in a treehouse. Would you like to work in a tree or would you prefer to keep your feet on the ground?
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Photo Credit: Treehouse Masters’ Charlie Nelson, Alex, Daryl, Pete Nelson and Chuck pause in front of the Temple of the Blue Moon treehouse at Treehouse Point. Courtesy of Animal Planet