Modern Makers 2022 : Part 8


This year’s modern makers programme follows woodworker Mark Zygadlo and his team as they work together to build a treehouse.

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Day 13 – Monday 11th of April

Another wet day at the site. Tools get rusty, machine start to make me nervous because water and electricity is an exciting combination.

We put all the joists on. Robert and Abby started laying the floor. Lauren and I start working on the structure around the tree.

At lunchtime, Robert and Abby lit a fire.

By the end of the day there was a floor down,

It will have to come up again to allow for the slightly longer floor than we had planned.

The structure around the main tree was complete,

And we were all pretty wet.

Day 14 – Tuesday 19th of April

We started by lifting the floor, unfastening all the joists from the upper main beam so that we could reposition it slightly. Then refastened the floor, reset the end brace and started relaying the floor so that all the joints do not line up. A bit of a mission which took all day and there’s still a bit more to do.

Lauren and Abby put in an under-floor brace to keep the platform square.

Abby, Josh and I put the last two treehouse support bolts in at 2 metres above floor level to support two wallplates. These will also strengthen the structure sufficiently to be able to cut out the posts, in the foreground of this picture, below the floor level. Although the structure is currently supported from the ground by these posts, once the frame is complete to wall plate height, they will be cut off and the treehouse will hang between the trees.

Beautiful spring day at Taliesin.

We had a visitor; Colin Tennant came to photograph us at work.

Shaving a waney edged floorboard to fit.