-TREENET WILLY'S PROJECT PHOTO GALLERY-
A Handful of Projects Over the Years:
DORON'S BACKYARD TREENET
Hollywood Hills, CA
Tucked away in a large oak of the Hollywood Hills, this webbed hangout was made for the casting director of many famous reality TV shows. With a custom bridge entryway, this backyard TreeNet flows from the hillside right into the trees. This net was constructed by the California team in about 2 days.
TNW Interview w/ Cali Lead - Thomas Uppenkamp
PATRICK'S BACKYARD TREENET
Tucked in the aspen forest high above Lemon Resevior, this unique hangout was meant to blend in with the surrounding trees, even as they change color throughout the year. We used a fun cord that changes color depending on the angle you look at it, making it a camo from afar, but colorful and bright up close.
CAMAYA BALI - AIRBNB
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:
O2 PINECONE TREEHOUSE
Bonny Doon, California
The Pinecine truly is the only Airbnb of its kind. This custom treehouse by O2 is suspended 30 ft in the air by cables and has a large bedroom surrounded with windows allowing the canopy to engulf you. Below the main platform we constructed a small circular net with backrests all around that suspend you above the bottom windows. There's no feeling like being suspended in the redwoods, lost in your own little world.
You can find more information on renting this one-of-a-kind treehouse here at:
ADAM'S BACKYARD TREENET
Overlooking Breckenridge ski area, this massive backyard TreeNet is one of our largest permanent installations to date. Constructed in the high elevation lodgepole pine forest at 10,000 ft, this custom hangout comes with two entrances and three cascading levels that are all connected. This is the first full scale webbed tunnel entrance thats completely UV oriented.
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.
AMY'S BACKYARD TREENET
With blacklight in mind, this playground style TreeNet was the first time we integrated a full sized slide into the installation. This piece comes with an entry ramp, a small first level with a slide, and a larger second level with 360 backrests to keep the kiddos in.
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.
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.
CANADIAN PRIVATE ISLAND TREENET
Summer of 2018, Marshell and I flew to Lake Memphremagog on the border of Vermont and Canada. We stayed on this private island for the week as we created this custom TreeNet on a cliff overlooking the 30 mile long lake. This is one of my favorite spots, right on the water with a beautiful scenery even Bob Ross would be impressed by.
THE NEADEAU'S BACKYARD TREENET
Constructed in Spring of 2020, the Neadeau's backyard TreeNet fostered some of the newest ideas in the net community. Made for kiddos 10 and younger, we had to create an easy access into the platform while keeping it as simple and sustainable as possible. By adding a few eye lag bolts to the tree, were were able to create this webbed ladder that works wonderfully for all ages. We also built a slanted seat area consisting of a loose dreamcatcher seat for your butt that pulls you into the net like a luxury elevated lawn chair.
THE RAINBOW SPIRAL TREENET
This colored spiral is one of our largest TreeNets to date. This massive 30 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 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.
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 BUCKET TREENETS
Santa Cruz, California
A 30 minute walk from UCSC campus, the Bucket TreeNets slowly grew throughout the massive oak that supports it. Every weekend 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 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 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.
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 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 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.