-ABOUT TREENET WILLY-
The mystical art of treenets were introduced to me in early 2008, thanks to my cousin ‘Hippy Pete’. Pete and his buddies made these hidden hand-woven platforms hundreds of feet up in the redwoods of Santa Cruz, creating next-level hangout spots all over college campus and the rest of town. My first TreeNet experience was at UCSC, where Pete and his roommates had created a massive hangout off the third story of their apartment. One could step right off the porch railing onto the huge rope platform covered with blankets and pillows. This net was made between 5-6 beautiful, massive redwood trees with Christmas lights wrapping up the trunks. I had never seen anything like it before and needless to say, I was totally hooked. At 16 years old, I took this crazy idea to my hometown of Durango, Colorado and immediately started to practice in any tree that could support my new addiction.
In early July of 2008, I started my very first TreeNet by myself in the backyard after cousin Pete instructed me on what knots to use and how to get the perimeter set up. Weaving took me about 4 days, as I had to mainly teach myself through trial and error. Once the first net was complete, I had to make more… many many more. My eye then turned to the surrounding Durango area, and I started making ‘guerrilla style' TreeNets all over town. This was the birth of the original Fort Lewis College Sky Net overlooking the town of Durango... a spot that hundreds, if not thousands of people have enjoyed over the last decade.
I made a few nets around Durango for a couple years before I went off to college to CU Boulder in 2010. After 4 years there, I made dozens of nets all over Colorado, especially the Front Range. A few years out of college, floating in and out of work, I decided I didn’t want to blend into society with a 9-5 job and went all in pursuing the dream. After almost 10 years of weaving in June 2016, TreeNet Willy’s: Custom Rope Platform for Elevated Living was officially created.
I believe it was 2013 when the Moab Monkeys build the very first 'spacenet' spanning over a highlining area called the Fruit Bowl in Moab, Utah. One of my buddies came up to me at the time and said, "Is this what you do...?" and showed me the video of these guys hundreds of feet up in the air, highlining out to the spacenet and B.A.S.E. jumping out the center exit portal. My mind exploded. This was the first time I realized that there were more people out there making these hand-made nets for other applications.
Due to this world famous spacenet and the yearly GGBY gathering, many people associate my work with highlining and slacklining. Even though I work with a handful of these guys nowadays, I am one of the few of the net world that did not originate or derive from the slackline community. TreeNets actually originated in Humboldt, California, as protestors used rope to create platforms high in the redwoods to prevent them from being cut down. Starting in the late 90's and early 2000's, many others took to the idea and started turning into a more recreational hangout by hiding them high in the trees all over northern California. Places such as Humboldt, Calaveras, Marin, and Santa Cruz harbored some of the first net weavers that started to expand on this idea. This is where professional slackliner and extreme outdoor enthousiast Andy Lewis, also known as 'Sketchy Andy,' was introduced to treenets and later created and coined the incredible 'spacenets' spanning over the canyons of Moab, Utah.
Over the last 11 years of creating treenets, I've tried to expand even more on this by turning it into an artform. By adding color, multiple dimensions, lasers, and lights, I've started to change these basic hidden hangouts into interactive art installations that everyone can enjoy. My team and I have come up with numerous weaves and accessories not used by the rest of the community that differentiate our work from anything ever seen before. By combining forces with other artists, producers, riggers, and outside-the-box thinkers, we're starting to realize the endless canvas for the application of these nets.
At first, I was drawn to TreeNets for the primary reason of valuing the seclusion and solitude of being amongst the trees. I love constantly getting outside and exploring new places and find myself most at home when I can separate myself from everything and let my mind go free in the little world I’ve created. These unique hangouts foster a calming space for me, not only getting me outside, but helping to create a mental serenity not easily found in everyday life. Nowadays, I enjoy getting this work out there as much as possible so others can experience the same. My favorite moments these days are the ones filled with new creations, new faces, and new places. Whether it’s friends, family, or someone who has never seen anything like it before, there’s nothing better for me than being a part of the shared happiness these nets create.
William Reynolds V - Owner & Creator
Johnny Nobles is a CoFounder of TreeNet Willy’s. Johnny is a partner at Government Blockchain Association and an advisor to healthcare companies. With over a decade of experience in healthcare, research, and previously worked at Harvard Medical School, Zheka works with healthcare institutions to combine blockchain technology with healthcare. In his spare time, Johnny enjoys traveling to new countries, learning languages, discovering new art, attending music festivals, and white water rafting. Johnny and Will met at a music festival and since then, we have been working together to bring the awesomeness of these nets to anyone and everyone so they have a place to enjoy nature, clear the mind, and escape the rush of everyday life.
Here at TreeNet Willy's, we do our best to cross-train our staff in all stages of the TreeNet process. Every member of the team will be able to quote, design, and construct these custom hangouts all by themselves. We also have access to a consulting network of other professional experts including arborists, engineers, construction workers, and riggers.
Marshell or Marshall... depending on how he feels that day, is one of more prolific slacker/highliners in the town of Durango. After going to college at local Fort Lewis, Marshell decided to stay out west for the thing he loves most... that fresh white pow! Marshell has an endless passion for getting out side and chasing the dream. You can find many of his adventures and other cool projects on instagram @ Mellomarrr.
Farmington, New Mexico
Kris grew up all over the southwest and currently travels all over creating music, wire wrappings, paintings, and many other artistic pieces. Kris loves the bass community and DJ's as "Bassick" for events and festivals all over as well. He's always psyched... and we're psyched to have him on the team helping out!
Self proclaimed "best weaver of the team," Ben is our male version of Tash Sultana. With the ability to play almost any instrument, Ben can create a wide variety of music just by himself. After graduating from Fort Lewis in 2018 with a Geology degree, he now spends much of his time traveling and making music when he's not weaving.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Kieran joined the team through the slackline guys as well. He currently holds the United States record for the longest highline and is constantly pushing the known limits within the slackline community. As our elevated specialist, we love having experienced team members who are comfortable in high exposure situations.
Kaio joined the team in 2021 as he was living / traveling with some other TNW team members and needed some work in between his passions of traveling, highlining, and juggling. If you ever need a certified clown, (like legit certified...) we have one you can rent! haha
AKA 'Dadam' joined the team through the slackline community by highlining with local Durangotangs including Marshell and Ben. With a little one that's just been born, we use Dadam's dad strength to get the nets extra extra tight!
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