Michael Murphy: Barefoot Treehouses

Michael Murphy has been climbing trees and dreaming of Treehouses since his childhood and began building Treehouses professionally while teaching P.E. after several requests from families in the school he was teaching at. Eventually he had a client who had been in touch with Pete Nelson, of “Treehouse Masters.” The client sent Pete photos of what Michael had done, which prompted Pete to reach out to Michael.  Building Treehouses sounded pretty good and after a little guidance from Pete and an invitation to the “World Treehouse Conference” (WTC) in 2012, Michael quit teaching to form Barefoot Builders and build Treehouses full time.  Michael has now presented at the WTC a number of times and Barefoot Builders’ work has been shown on “Treehouse Masters” of “Animal Planet” and the “Treehouse Guys” of the D.I.Y. network and has appeared in a number of magazines and newspapers around the northwest and online.  Barefoot Builders is a Washington based group of itinerant trades, craftspeople who love working with wood, trees and creating special space for relationships to deepen with each other and the Earth.

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