-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
-Dr. Johnny Nobles-
Dr. Johnny Nobles is CoFounder of TreeNet Willy’s and Chief Executive Officer of Almaty Health, a decentralized healthcare insurance company. Dr. Nobles 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, Dr. Nobles works with healthcare institutions to combine blockchain technology with healthcare. In his spare time Dr. Nobles enjoys traveling to new countries, learning languages, discovering new art, attending music festivals, and white water rafting. Dr. Johnny Nobles 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! Living out a school bus every winter, Marshell and his buddy Eddie head up to Alaska for 3-4 months of the year to shred some of the best untouched backcountry lines in the world. 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.
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, Ben now spends much of his time traveling and highlining when he's not weaving. You can find many more of Ben's cool adventures on instagram @mountains_trees_abcs
Dan, aka Dangle, joined the Colorado team in late 2018 when we met at Sonic Bloom as vending neighbors. With east coast blood, a degree from UVM in sustainable design and studio art, he has supported TreeNet Willy's in bringing his craft to new venues and art lovers. Having a thirst for creativity and a taste for perfection, Dan has helped develop and assemble nets at events all over the nation.
Nick grew up in Marin and currently goes to school at UCSC for Biology. Nick was introduced to these hidden hangouts early in college and was immediately drawn to these high elevation hangouts scattered all over the Marin area. Nick also teaches surfing down in Bolinas during the summer and can be found playing in the ocean when he's not adventuring or weaving.
San Diego, California
Thomas grew up as an avid rock climber in San Diego. After learning the 'ins and outs' of rope, gear, and hardware, Thomas quickly took to the net world and its setting high in canopies of the redwoods. In his free time studying to become a nurse, you can find him climbing, surfing, and weaving. Together, Nick and Thomas met at Santa Cruz their freshman and started weaving all over campus. You can find some more of their personal projects on instagram @elevatedweaving
San Diego, California
Telor is the leader of our California festival crew as he focusses primarily on the music culture . After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in environmental studies, Telor now works on creating his own festivals such as the Nativity Project, a music, nature, and art festival that celebrates native species and contributes to their preservation and restoration.
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!
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Wolfgang, also known as the 'The Gang,' works on sales for TreeNet Willy's and also manages the basic day-to-day tasks for festivals, weddings, and other events. Over the last few years, Wolfgang has worked as a counselor for hundreds of middle-schoolers across the Southwestern corner of Colorado, prepping and mentoring them for high school and the world beyond. The Gang does a fantastic job tying up any loose ends and representing what we're all about.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Adam joined the team through the slackline community by highlining with local Durangotangs including Marshell and Ben. Adam graduated college from UNM in Business and Operations Management and currently works at a construction company when he's not slacklining or attending live music. Adam helps with our festival crew and the weaving processes for bigger projects.
San Dimas, California
Matt and I attended CU Boulder together and started making nets with me back in 2010. Matt enjoys hiking, slacklining, and playing around with film & media. Currently he's experimenting with virtual reality and we're excited to start integrating this into our next level art installations.
Matt is the leader of our east coast team and embraces the festival scene to the max. Matt grew up in Griswold CT, where he graudated with a degree in Environemental Earth Sciences. He loves the outdoors and creating new artwork that has never been done before. After helping with The Portals for Electric Forest, Matt now pushes our festival installations to the limit and is always looking to create the next coolest mind blowing piece.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Kieran also joined our team through highlining with the local guys here in Durango. Keiran is currently going to school at Colorado College for integrative design & architecture.