Ethan Schlussler is making steady progress on his northern Idaho treehouse — you may recall the bicycle-powered treehouse elevator post I put up about a month ago. He recently put up a video showing how he built and installed one wall on the hexagonal structure. Did I mention that he mills all his own lumber?
I was curious what Ethan does for his day job, and he told me:
I work for a neighbor doing just about everything. Sometimes I am a mechanic, welder, or fabricator; sometimes I am a carpenter, painter or roofer; sometimes a heavy equipment operator, and occasionally even a logger. With some landscaping and yard work thrown in here and there for good measure.
Ethan also sent me some photos of the build process. It’s almost done, now!
The build process has been an incredible experience, and I have learned far too many things to share them all. That said, one thing that took me completely by surprise was how much the tree house can rotate with just a minor amount of force. This is primarily caused by the tree itself twisting, which is something I really did not expect, given the size of the tree. In terms of the elevator, the build process was fairly uneventful, though incredibly entertaining. I did have to make a few modifications to the original design to get the gear ratio low enough for it to work, but that is mostly because I did not really calculate anything in the design process; I just designed it in my head and built it in a way I thought it would work, which it did after the afore mentioned modifications.