How much does a Tree Weave cost to build?
Each Tree Weave is a piece of commissioned art, meaning that every project is a different price, and the biggest determining factor is how much you want to spend. The size, scale, and level of detail fluctuate depending on our financial constraints. Aside from local projects in the Asheville area, which can come at lower prices, our cheapest and smallest custom out-of-North-Carolina-builds start at $2,000 and have no upward limit.
How does the build-out process actually work?
The first step is for us to get together over a phone or video call to discuss the possibility of turning some of your trees into the ultimate treehouse experience. If we can come up with an epic idea for your property and agree on a price for the project, we will move into the planning period, which usually takes at least a month, or longer depending on our waiting list. When the agreed upon build-out date comes up, the Tree Weaves team will travel to your property and rig and weave the commissioned work. In most cases we camp onsite, but every project has different amenities and requirements, and ultimately it is a joint decision between Tree Weaves and the client to determine our accommodation while working.
Are Tree Weaves safe?
Each Tree Weave is built using incredibly strong materials and professional rigging techniques. The tree nets themselves are very strong, but are not intended to hold excessive weight. All extreme activities are associated with inherent risk. Each person is responsible for their own balance, level of fitness, and abilities when it comes to tree climbing and being high up on dynamic platforms. While Tree Weaves does its best to create tree fort structures that are strong and safe, liability rests on the homeowner and their guests to maintain their own personal safety. Each Tree Weave should be inspected annually by a professional rigger for flaws and degradation.
Do Tree Weaves hurt trees?
Tree Weaves uses intricate custom made tree protection for every tree we anchor a platform to, which prevents the tension of the rope from cutting into the tree, a force that could otherwise cause the tree to become girdled. Tree Weaves has yet to see a tree become damaged as a result of living as an anchor to any of our nets.
Unlike Tree Houses, which are rigid and heavy structures, Tree Weaves do not appear to injure the trees. Every tree has its own natural range of motion resulting from its entire life spent blowing in the wind, exposed to all the elements. Trees need this movement, and the rigidity of treehouses takes this away from them. While the tree nets we build do limit the range of motion, the trees are still able to move against one another in a natural way, constantly swaying back and forth in the wind (a phenomenon that actually feels quite exhilarating to a person on the net). In fact, it is our (admittedly unproven) belief that tree nets installed between a network of trees actually reinforce the forest's structural integrity by acting as an above-ground-plane parallel to the anchor system known as the roots. It is possible that trees tied together in nets could be more resistant to destruction from intense storms than trees who stand alone. All of our projects are currently too young to know for certain whether or not such a claim is true or false, and the client should do their own research and form their own opinions if they are concerned about the longevity of their trees.