At long last there is a reality TV show that I want to watch, Treehouse Masters on Animal Planet (Premiere - Friday, May 31 at 10PM EST). It is about Washington state-based Pete Nelson and his team of treehouse builders. There was an article in the New York Times today about it called Houses for Dreamers (and Kids).
I am a long-time fan of Pete Nelson's. All of his books are in my library and are dog-eared and read over and over. Today I had a chance to talk with him about a potential project and he sounded like how you'd want your "treehouse guy" to sound: down-to-Earth. Down-to-Earth? Well, you know what I mean.
For some reason the whole idea of treehouses captivates me even though I didn't have one when I was growing up and I'm not entirely sure if I ever went in one as a child. I was more of a fort-building kid. But, trees have always been an obsession with me. I used to spend hours staring out of my bedroom window into the woods in our backyard. Still today trees captivate me. I photograph them, draw them, and even try to sculpt them. Over the past several years, treehouses have joined their hosts in the obsession category.
I'm hoping that the producers don't mess up the great idea of having a show about treehouse masters. It sounds like they've tried to fabricate tension when, as the NYTimes article suggests, just doing a show on a bunch of guys who are passionate about building treehouses would be captivating all by itself. We'll see. In any case, I can't wait to see the show. But, even more, I can't wait to have a chance to work with and learn from the "Treehouse Guy" himself! Fingers crossed on that one.