-TREENET WILLY'S PROJECT PHOTO GALLERY-
A Handful of Projects Over the Years:
Camaya Bali's Airbnb Nets
July 2019, I had the opportunity to fly out to Bali and create a handful of handwoven nets for the 4 Airbnb units overlooking the farming terraces of Selat. 10 locals in the area were assigned to help with the projects and we were able to construct 6 incredible net hangouts in the 8 days I was there on site. Between the jacuzzi nets, the upper movie theatre hangouts, and the incredible views, its truly a one of a kind experience.
If you'd like to stay at Camaya, you can find more information and booking availability here:
THE SKY TAPESTRY UV SPACENETS
Over the last year, TreeNet Willy's has teamed up with SpaceAge Slacklines to create a small quiver of UV oriented Sky Tapestry spacenets meant for highline rigging. Similar to Alladin's magic carpet, this spacenet will also be suspended in various places, hundreds of feet off the ground. SpaceAge Slacklines will be the ones rigging and setting up these nets across the nation for various events, so if you'd like to experience one of these high elevation hangouts or rent them for your own event, please contact SAS here:
Jagermeister's Ice Cold Gig 2017
Queenstown, New Zealand
August of 2017, I met up with a group of fellow weavers, known as the Moab Monkeys, to help them create the first fully suspended theatre platform. This was the first time I met these guys, and was eager to test my skills at the next level. We built a massive SpaceNet platform at the old town park in Moab and took 12 of us about a day and a half to complete. Project leaders Brian Mosbaugh and Scotty Rogers then took the net over the New Zealand and rigged it up high in the mountains overlooking Queenstown, where Modestep performed their newest single at the time, "Higher." This is by far one of the craziest projects I've ever been a part of and introduced me to an incredible net community that I still work with today.
TREENET WILLY'S BACKYARD CHAOS
Lucky for me, I live on the top of the mountain tucked away in a small cabin in the pine forest. My backyard is filled with a handful of large pine trees spaced perfectly to apply my new TreeNet ideas. The first level consists of a 12x20ft square with an entry portal and step leading up into the second level. The second level is similar in size to the first and has a ramp leading up to the third level, which is about 30ft above the ground. The third level then has an exit hole dropping you back down to the main platform. These three TreeNets represent the evolution of my style over the last couple years and give me the perfect canvas to try new things and hone my techniques.
THOMAS' BACKYARD NET
San Diego, California
No trees, no problem! By anchoring to the fense and a concrete post, this custom backyard hangout is one of the more creative installations done by TreeNet Willy's. This installation has a full deamcather centerpiece and a matching sunrise-esque wall to add a more comfortable backrest. Masterminded by Thomas, this spot is also the dogs favorite place to catch an afternoon nap as well.
MARSHELL'S NESKOWIN PATCHWORK TREENET
Fall of 2018, Marshell ended up with a housesitting gig in Neskowin that gave him about a month to create this multicolored TreeNet hangout. Consisting of a large 25 person platform with 360 backrests and an access ramp for entry, this TreeNet is a great place to kick back when its not raining.
PAN'S BACKYARD TREENET
San Geronimo, California
Early July on 2019, I had the opportunity to meet up with the California Crew and create a very fun hangout for the Flaherty family in the San Geronimo area. Since the youngest was 4 years old, we built an entry ramp into the TreeNet making easy access for the little ones and their friends. We also wrapped the entire platform in backrests and even made an entry tunnel, making the almost impossible for someone to accidentally fall out.
HERMOSA ORCHARDS ELECTRIC TURTLESHELL TREENET
This was one of our more difficult projects in that we constructed this in January.... in Colorado. With over 2 feet of snow on the ground, temperatures never peaking above 40 degrees, and the sun setting behind the mountain at 2pm, we worked on and off throughout the month when the weather permitted. We designed this TreeNet to look like a turtle shell, with the lighter greens and blues on the outside sections working toward the center filled with the dark blue/purple cord. All the different cords light up under the blacklight at night, creating the electric turtle shell pattern.
BETTY'S BACKYARD TREENET
Fall of 2018, this backyard project was built specifically for 3-year-old Betty, who of course wanted pink and purple. This TreeNet was designed to have a large main platform with a side crows nest and a custom ladder with easy access for the kids. Our main goal for this project was to make all the holes small enough throughout the TreeNet so that the kiddos little hands or feet will not poke through the platform or backrests. In addition to the TreeNet, we also installed a matching railing to keep the little ones from the rocky edge. We used the same colors and styles that we used for the backrest, allowing the whole backyard playgound area to flow together and keep a nice aesthetic look even from far away.
THE PARENTS COCKTAIL LOUNGE
Summer of 2017, my parents built their dream home overlooking the La Plata Mountains of southern Colorado. While helping with the house, my parents told me that they wanted a next-level cocktail lounge in the back patio area. I ended up making them a low level hangout with an amphitheater step entrance, allowing such easy access that even the 80+ year old grandparents enjoy using it.
THE FORT LEWIS SKY NETS
The Fort Lewis Sky Net was one of the first TreeNets I made around Durango in 2008. Up on the rim trail overlooking town, this net has been one of the most popular and well known local hangouts. Due to the high usage and all the college kids disrespecting and trashing the place, this platform is usually replaced every other year or so. Over the last decade, there have been 6 different net platforms in this exact location, each created in a new way. If you know of this location, please pick up after yourself and treat it with respect so we can all enjoy.
TELLURIDE CANYON TREENET
Built within a clump of aspen trees, this TreeNet was first created in 2016 and redone in 2019 in a more sustainable way that didn't affect the soft barked aspens. This 5 person hangout has one of the best views at 9,500ft as it overlooks the eastern side of Telluride canyon including Bridal Veil Falls and the Via Ferrata.
NICHOLE'S BACKYARD TREENET
This small traingle was made for one of my newest and coolest neighbors in Rafter J, Nichole Baker. Nichole likes the tiny house life and currently lives in a smaller place surrounded by large trees and awesome views. We built this hangout in Fall of 2019 as a place to kick back and watch the sunset fade over town. Nichole is sponsored by Yeti Bikes and Patagonia, so definitely check out her page on IG @nicholekbaker.
THE SAN DIEGO EXPERIMENTAL TREENET
San Diego, California
Here's one of the more colorful and funky TreeNets created by the California team. This area served as the training grounds for new techniques, patterns, and weaves that we like to add to our vastly growing repertoire. This is a great example to show the variety of styles and designs that we can create.
WILLA'S BACKYARD TREENET
Spring of 2019, 9 year old Willa got a TreeNet for her birthday. Constructed out of a large cottonwood tree that shades the back yard, the owners have placed climbing holds throughout the tree for an easy, fun access into the platform. This elevated hangout is the perfect complimentary piece to the jungle gym, tire swing, and trampoline located right below.
THE RAINBOW SPIRAL TREENET
This colored spiral is one of our largest TreeNets to date. This massive 25 ft pentagon holds around 30-40 people comfortably and consists of a central entry portal and 360 degree backrests. This project was so large we ended up asking a bunch of friends to help... and this was the birth of the 'army of hippies'. These hippies ended up placing a PS3, projector, and screen up in the trees, playing Skate 3 and watching movies all night long.
THE LAGOON LOUNGER TREENET
Here's a fun hidden gem that the California Team created by the lagoon. This net has a cool new concept called the "butt vortex," and basically pulls the dreamcatcher pattern outward to create a cone-like shape with the center O ring as an anchor. This is a new idea we will be expanding on with 3d backrests and other seating areas.
THE KAHNLE'S BACKYARD TREENET
Here's a summer project from 2016, located in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley of Western Montana. This was a project done for some family friends and turned out to be one of the coolest projects to date, mostly because of the incredible oak tree reaching up all throughout the platform.
THE FLORIDA RIVER TREENET
Summer of 2018, we had the opportunity to create a massive hangout overlooking the Florida river in Durango, Colorado. The owners reportedly have had 15 people and 15 dogs up in the platform at the same time. With a projector stand and sheet screen set up for late night movies in their TreeNet, this hangout has become a very popular spot to kick back and relax by the river.
THE TWINS TREENET
The Twins TreeNet is another hidden hangout located between two massive redwoods overlooking Marin and the ocean. Spanning over 60 feet off the ground, Nick and Thomas climb up to this rasta colored perch to check out the surf and if its worth heading down to the beach.
THE BUCKET TREENET
Santa Cruz, California
A 30 minute walk from UCSC campus, the Bucket TreeNet slowly grew throughout the massive oak that supports it. Every weeekend during construction, Nick and Thomas would hike out to the hidden location and camp the night, expanding and experimenting with different ideas and weaving techniques that make this truly a one-of-a-kind place to kick back with friends.
THE LIGHTNING PINE TREENET
The lightning pine tree is a totally unique, massive pine tree on the edge of my family's ranch in Montana. Over the years, my family has constucted a high-end lookout tower on the top of the ridge that we use for catching food every year, so eventually a hunting stand was created close by. This pine tree is a lone wolf on top of the mountain, but has been the victim of numerous lighning strikes over the years. Due to the rough conditions on top of the mountian and all the lightning affecting the tree, almost every branch on the tree comes straight outward from the trunk, then shoots 90 degrees upward, creating the perfect area for a hangout overlooking the valley. One can walk right up the lower braches and sit back into the TreeNet without using hands at all.