Pat Shingleton: "Out of OUr Tree..."
The Animal Planet broadcasts a series entitled “Treehouse Masters” and arboreal architect Pete Nelson’s expertise in showcasing these amazing structures. He’s incorporated his exploits in a book appropriately entitled, “Treehouse.” Baton Rouge native and Cane's "inventor," Todd Graves, has been featured on the broadcast with his unique tree house. During our younger years, Lutz’s Construction Co. had their shop and dump site adjacent to our neighborhood. The site provided scrap wood that was reused for projects such as soap box derbies and... tree houses. Our tree houses included strips nailed to a tree providing a ”ladder” to the top. There were no “plans’ for the construction, just a handful of kids pounding nails into boards. The tree house test often included a heavy shower and how much water stayed out. What wasn’t tested was the weight-wind scenario. On a particular occasion, six kids were jammed into a tree house. The fun and excitement was mixed with the sound of cracking and crashing as the tree house turned into a ground house. Fortunately there were only minor injuries and lots of firewood.
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