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28 Aug

Behind the Scenes: Sunrise Day Camp Clubhouse

Contributed by Tory Jones

Get an in-depth look at how the beautiful designs inside these treehouse masterpieces come together with Treehouse Masters' own Tory Jones. Find out more about the Sunrise Day Camp Clubhouse inside this blog post!

Sunrise Day Camp could only be described as a labor of love. Being able to give a very special gift to the campers was a wonderful way to start the summer. Pete designed a beautiful large oval gazebo-like treehouse and I got to work to make this indoor/outdoor space colorful and comfortable for our campers.

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Inside, Lindahl Woodcrafts sent me wooden cut outs of woodland birds and leaves, which I had some early campers at the hospital decorate to hang from the rafters. Also hanging were some mobiles and chimes from Woodstock chimes to add a musical touch to the breeze.  Speaking of music I stocked up on instruments like kazoos, ukuleles, wash boards, drums, tambourines, and of course a trumpet from BMG to call reverie.

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19 Aug

Behind the Scenes: Treehouse Rehab

Contributed by Tory Jones

Get an in-depth look at how the beautiful designs inside these treehouse masterpieces come together with Treehouse Masters' own Tory Jones. Find out more about the Treehab treehouses inside this blog post!

It’s always great to spend some time in Pete’s neighborhood of Fall City, Wash., and these treehabs were so much fun to do.  I got to work with some of his best friends and visit the sites of some of his first treehouses.

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We started with a giant clean up of John and Inga Rouches structure, which had been primarily John’s office.  There quite a bit of clutter.  John was away sailing and Inga gave me free reign to make it comfortable.  I decided to make it ship-shape and lighten the look.  Since there was storage to be dealt with, I draped the shelves with white canvas grommeted curtains from IKEA that seemed like sails.

The floor I covered with a deep blue rug that recalled the ocean and the entrance and desk area I used wooden rugs that seemed like a boats deck.

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3 Aug

Dog Stuck in Shelter So Long They Changed His Name

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from thedodo.com)
 
Sometimes the longer a pup is at a shelter, the less likely it feels he'll ever get adopted. One shelter decided to give an extra boost to a dog who has been particularly down on his luck.

The Humane Society of South Mississippi was troubled that a wonderful dog named Elmo hadn't found the right family for him. Elmo came to them, sickly and weak, from an overcrowded local shelter where he was on the euthanasia list.

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"He is such a great dog … he's a great size, he's got a great personality and he's breaking our hearts every day he stays in the shelter," the Humane Society of South Mississippi told The Dodo. "So, we decided to post just exactly how many days he has been here."

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27 Jul

Behind the Scenes: Lake Chelan Treehouse

Contributed by Tory Jones

Get an in-depth look at how the beautiful designs inside these treehouse masterpieces come together with Treehouse Masters' own Tory Jones. Find out more about the Mindbending Silver Maple inside this blog post!

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Rick and Debbie Ehlers have a dream location in their Lake Chelan vacation home, with soaring vistas of the glacier lake and mighty trees in which to build a fantastical treehouse.

It was such a magical place, I think one of my favorites and Pete was completely inspired and built a treehouse any hobbit or gnome would covet.  The very large treehouse with several levels was completely unseen from the sky as I witnessed by flying overhead in a seaplane from Chelan Seaplanes manned by pilot Doug, a former Alaskan bush pilot who gave me a thrill flying loop de loops over the amazing landscape.  I had gone up to try and take pictures to hang in the cozy tree, but this was to no avail as the tree shaded the structure and the crew working it.

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22 Jul

Behind the Scenes: High Noon Saloon

Contributed by Tory Jones

Get an in-depth look at how the beautiful designs inside these treehouse masterpieces come together with Treehouse Masters' own Tory Jones. Find out more about the High Noon Saloon Treehouse inside this blog post!

This North Bend build was for my friend Walker Randalls and his incredibly lovely wife Lara and daughter Sable.  I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Walker for the last few years whenever we are in the Washington area as he is an awesome electrician at Peak Electric and we always have fun working together. 

Walker and Lara had a Western-themed wedding on their compound a few years back and Western Saloon was the theme they wanted for their treehouse, so I saddled up and got busy on this rootin', tootin' Outlaw Hideaway.

The large horseshoe shape house was to have a 15’ high ceiling and the first thing that was agreed on was that it should be a copper ceiling and that started dictating the color choices. Luckily Lara loves red, which became the jumping off color for the design. There were many wants and needs to bundle in the space such as a foyer/kitchenette, bar/lounge, bedroom, storage/play and loft/jail areas.

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13 Jul

Behind the Scenes: A Housewarming Treehouse for Emily and Patrick

Contributed by Tory Jones

Get an in-depth look at how the beautiful designs inside these treehouse masterpieces come together with Treehouse Masters' own Tory Jones. Find out more about the Nelson Family Treehouse inside this blog post!

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There has been a bit of a love story brewing in Seattle between Emily (Pete’s daughter) and Patrick, who is one of the carpenter’s from NT&S. We met Patrick in Ohio when we did the Treehouse Brewery for the Mooney’s and he has since become part of the traveling road crew and relocated to Seattle.  After dating for a few years, the time had come for them to find a place to live together and they found a serene tree-filled spot in Issaquah, Wash., not far from Treehouse Point.

Pete had decided to give the gift of what else?  A treehouse.  There was a small treehouse located at Treehouse Point called the “bird blind” that had to be moved and this became part of the structure that would now go and live with Pat & Em, but not before building a very high and large deck with built in bar.

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My job was relatively easy as I already know the clients and had a sense of their history.  Both wanted a party atmosphere where their friends and family could come and unwind. I knew Emily had lived in Spain and Turkey and loved the patterns and colors of those regions, so I decided to go with an Andalusian themed design.

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11 Jun

Shedd Aquarium Welcomes Pacific White-Sided Dolphin: It's a Boy!

Piquet and Calf
Photo credit: ©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez

Chicago's Shedd Aquarium recently announced the gender of a new Pacific white-sided dolphin calf born June 1: it's a boy! This spirited calf has already accomplished numerous milestones that are vital to a young calf's first days; from taking his first breath seconds after birth, to bonding with his mother and learning how to slipstream, which is a swimming technique that helps a calf save energy by swimming in its mothers wake.

This marks the second pregnancy for the aquarium's 27-year-old female dolphin, Piquet. The first calf Sagu, born in 2012, is doing well and flourishing at the Shedd Aquarium. 

The new calf has weighed in at about 25-30 pounds and is 3 feet long. Experts and veterinarians will continue to monitor the calf and his mother during this critical first period, and they will be away from the public for the time being. For updates, check out Shedd's website, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

To learn more about dolphins, go to our Ultimate Guide to Dolphins or view the videos below:

 

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17 Apr

Behind the Scenes: The Baines Family Wins the Ultimate Treehouse

 Contributed by Tory Jones

Get an in-depth look at how the beautiful designs inside these treehouse masterpieces come together with Treehouse Masters' own Tory Jones. Find out more about the Ultimate Treehouse Giveaway Winner inside this blog post!

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This past winter in Jim Thorpe, Pa., Treehouse Masters gave a family a big surprise. The Baines family was the winner of the Delta Faucet Ultimate Treehouse Sweepstakes.

James Baines entered the contest with the hope of gifting his mother, Carrie, the treehouse she’s always wanted. Carrie raised James and his sister Sarah as a single mom before James played matchmaker and connected her with local resident Bill Baines. Now the family, along with Bill’s two daughters (Ashley and Chelsea), has been one big blended family for the last nine years.

The Baines family home is set on a creek side property in Jim Thorpe, Pa. The family is quite active and enjoys camping and fishing and all the other outdoor activities that the area offers, and they even host the “Baines Bash” every summer when extended family and friends come and camp in the backyard.

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A large build with a living room, loft bedroom and bathroom, the treehouse has decks for entertaining and an outdoor shower off the back deck.  Delta Faucet was very generous and even supplied the fixtures and the groovy shower in a tree was the Carlisle Monitor 17 Series Tub and Shower with H20kinetic technology

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19 Mar

Dig Deeper Into Ice Cold Gold With Interactive Episode Journals

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Before you tune into Ice Cold Gold tonight at 10/9c, be sure to check out our new interactive episode journals, cataloging the journeys of Sixty Degrees Resources this season. 

Not only do these episode journals follow the journey, they also grant you access to exclusive new content. Ranging from time lapses capturing the serene beauty of Greenland, to videos capturing behind-the-scenes moments from the show. This exclusive content will feature items we couldn't show you on air.

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11 Mar

Co-Creator of the 'Simpsons,' Sam Simon, Passes Away; Sea Shepherd Team Remembers His Contributions

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Sam Simon, co-creator of the Simpsons, vowed to give away his entire fortune to charity after being diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012.

He died Sunday, March 8, having kept his word, donating incalculable amounts of money to various organizations: PETA, Save the Children, Mercy for Animals, the Sam Simon Foundation, and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

His Sea Shepherd contribution hits home here at Animal Planet, funding one of the vessels featured on Whale Wars.

In 2012, Simon donated money to Sea Shepherd to purchase the fourth ship in its fleet, which was proudly named after the long time animal rights activist and television executive. The Sam Simon joined the Bob BarkerSteve Irwin, and Brigitte Bardot. 

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The Sam Simon, and the three others in its fleet, plan to carry out the organization's mission: "to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species," and confront the illegal whaling activities of the Japanese whaling fleet.

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