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Born
Peter Nelson

NationalityUnited States
OccupationMaster treehouse builder, television host, author
Known forHost of Animal Planet's Treehouse Masters, builder, author
Notable work
As author: Treehouses: The Art and Craft of Living Out on a Limb (as Peter Nelson, pub. 1994), Home Tree Home: Principles of Treehouse Construction and Other Tall Tales (with Gerry Hadden, Penguin Books, 1997), The Treehouse Book (by Peter & Judy Nelson, Universe, 2000), Treehouses of the World (Harry N. Abrams, 2004), New Treehouses of the World (Harry N. Abrams, 2009), Be in a Treehouse: Design / Construction / Inspiration (2014)

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Pete Nelson (born June 4, 1962) is an American master treehouse builder,[1] author[2] and since 2013, host of the Animal Planet television show Treehouse Masters.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Nelson became excited about treehouses at the age of 5 when his dad built him a tree fort behind the garage of their Ridgewood, New Jersey home,[1] but it wasn't until 1987 that he built his first adult treehouse in his Colorado Springs backyard. He is a graduate of Colorado College in Colorado Springs.

Nelson runs Nelson Treehouse and Supply, a thriving treehouse building and supply company, and Treehouse Point, a treehouse Bed & Breakfast located outside of Seattle. Until 2018, Nelson hosted Animal Planet’s television series, Treehouse Masters.

He lives with his wife, Judy, in Fall City, Washington and has three adult children, all of whom work in the family treehouse-building business.[4]

Career[edit]

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In 1987, Nelson's dream of a career in treehouses was rekindled by the book How to Build Treehouses, Huts and Forts by David Stiles that was sent to him by a high school friend[5] and shortly thereafter, he built his first adult treehouse in his back yard in Colorado Springs, moving to Washington State that same year, where he built homes and started writing books about treehouses.[6]

Nelson owns and operates Nelson Treehouse & Supply in Fall City, WA, 30 miles outside of Seattle and the company is a family affair, with wife Judy, daughter Emily and sons Charlie and Henry, all involved.[7]

The 1994 publication of Treehouses: The Art and Craft of Living Out on a Limb inspired him to write 5 more books on the subject. His latest book, titled Be in a Treehouse, details the technical aspects of building in the trees along with showcasing treehouses from all over the world.

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In 1997 Nelson co-founded the Tree-House Workshop.[8]In 2006, Nelson opened Treehouse Point, a bed-and-breakfast composed entirely of treehouses, near Fall City outside of Seattle, WA.[9] In 2011, he founded Nelson Treehouse and Supply, a high end treehouse design, construction and supply business based out of Fall City, Washington.

In 2013, Animal Planet launched Treehouse Masters, a documentary series which shows Nelson and his crew traveling the world, building treehouses.[10] As of 2015, the show was averaging 1.3 million viewers per episode.[11]

In 2016, Nelson collaborated with country music star Zac Brown to build a 1,300 square foot treehouse at Brown's Camp Southern Ground, a non-profit designed to serve children with neuro-developmental disorders as well as children from military families struggling with PTSD.[12]

Trivia[edit]

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His favorite tree to build with is the Douglas Fir.[13]

Nelson designed the Red Panda house at the San Francisco Zoo.[14]

During the September 14, 2016 season finale of America's Got Talent, winner Grace VanderWaal stated she would use part of her winnings to have Nelson build her a treehouse. The next day, Animal Planet tweeted a video from Nelson in which he congratulated VanderWaal on her win and indicated his willingness to build her a treehouse with 'bridges, zip lines, the whole thing!'[15]

Nelson is inspired by the architectural firm of Greene & Greene.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ abGardener, Cheney. 'Build a Better Treehouse Without Hurting Yourself, Your Pride, or a Tree; A master treehouse builder (yes, that's his real job title) on the numbers, physics, and philosophy of the perfect fortress', Outside (magazine), June 6, 2016. Accessed September 20, 2018. 'Pete Nelson’s first treehouse sat in a maple tree in his childhood home's cramped Ridgewood, New Jersey, backyard.'
  2. ^[1], Amazon.com Author's page.
  3. ^[2], USA Today.
  4. ^[3][permanent dead link], The Western Front.
  5. ^[4], Ibex.com.
  6. ^[5], Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  7. ^[6], USA Today.
  8. ^[7], Heavy.com.
  9. ^[8], Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  10. ^[9], People.com.
  11. ^[10], The News-Herald.
  12. ^[11], Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
  13. ^[12], Monsters and Critics interview.
  14. ^[13] San Francisco News.
  15. ^[14], People.com.
  16. ^[15], Treehugger.com.

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