In June, 2020, the parks were closed due to COVID-19. At Chip's Wood Shop, we built our own tree house. Not just one, but two- each in its own avocado tree, linked by a swinging bridge.
The foundation of each tree began with a frame around and through a fork in the trunk. The frames were contoured on the inside to minimize stress on the bark. For added support, I put steel fence posts between each frame and the ground.
Next, I made a bridge with steel rope, strung through palettes and around the frames, creating a "belt" around the two trees without strangling them. I sprayed all palettes with termite treatment before using them.
After a year and a half, the tree houses have held up under many friends coming to visit and the highest winds we get in our area.