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Geneseo, New York, United States
Member Since Sep 2012
Tree Creations is a growing tree house village (at a private residence, consisting of themed tree houses connected with rope bridges for all to enjoy!
Tree Creations was inspired by Maurice and Marie Barkley of Henrietta, NY. A visit while in college made me think "This would be nice to have for my grandchildren one day," and the thought was filed away.
In May of 2011, a freak accident happened that took the eyesight from my left eye. A dry paint slug from an unplugged, disassembled latex paint sprayer shot out like a rubber bullet, hitting my nose. The Doctor said that if it had hit my eye, I would not be here today. This experience helped me realize the true meaning of "carpe diem" (or "seize the day" and that I may not be here for my grandchildren. When my daughter was four and asked for a tree house, I got to work.
Being the princess that every daughter is to their father, the first tree house started was one with a Castle theme. With a deck size of almost 120 square feet, it was to be grand in every way.
During construction of this castle, we took a trip to the Long Island Children's museum. At the museum, some automotive parts were used in creating a make-believe automobile that was being enjoyed by all who touched it. Jokingly, I said to my wife, "we should put a Pinto in the tree" and then in an "ah hah" moment, my wife and I said "The Triumph."
In February 2012, a 1946 Triumph Renoun was dragged out from my scrap pile to breathe new life. The Triumph and the Castle were being built simultaneously with a purpose - to entertain children. I immediately remembered Maurice and Marie Barkley and their tree house village. Mr. and Mrs. Barkley were recently in a car accident, and maintenance on the tree houses was getting to be quite intensive, so they made a decision to donate their MYSTREES tree house village to the Tree Creations complex.
This is a great way to build a legacy. I have patents and trade secrets with General Motors, but that part of my life will be filed away with no one to remember it. Here, in Geneseo, the Geneseo Community will remember this place and the family that put a car in a tree!
Being a fourth generation "Townie," the tree house village will be around for generations to come as positive memories to all who help build and play in it.
I recommend Maurice Barkley's book "Build Your Own Treehouse - a practical guide" to anyone interested in building a tree house of their own. The guide helps bring out ideas, and perspectives that you may not have initially thought about or explored. The guide was quite useful and helps to build confidence to explore when one wants to stray from the "norm" (ie. the Truimph.
Since the tree house complex is at a private residence, we would request that visits are by appointment please.
Keep in mind, "we are on this earth but once, so any happiness we can bring or any joy we can give, do it now - without haste, for we shall not pass this way again" -unknown.
Now let's have some fun!
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