By now, everyone who has any interest in outdoor living — whether it be living in a van or hiking on the weekends — know Foster Huntington. If you don’t know him by name, you him for the vanlife hashtag or as the “restless transplant.” He is most famous for his photobook, Home Is Where You Park It, as well as another project in The Burning House. But all of that is rapidly taking a backseat to his newest endeavor: a treehouse and skate bowl back in Skamania County, Washington, in the Columbia River Gorge.
Basically, as Huntington explains on his site: “In February of 2014, long time friend Tucker Gorman and I started day dreaming about building a tree house. I wanted to set up a home base and build a space to work on projects. These day dreams quickly developed into loose plans to build a two tree houses and a skate bowl. After months of preparation and planning, we broke ground in the beginning of June. Friends old and new stopped by to work and stay on the property. Some of us worked as carpenters professionally, others learned on the go. Over the course of build, I took thousands of photos and kept sketches, models and notes from the design process.
Now, he and Farm League (who shot the above video) are crowdfunding a book on Kickstarter: “Since finishing the tree houses, I’ve been organizing these images, drawings and notes into a book. This book will be different than my last two photo books. Think of it as one part instructional book, one part photo book, and one part tiny homes book. My goal is to make something that shows the process from dreaming up a seemingly outlandish idea to the final result after thousands of hours of hard work and the moments that happened in between. I hope that result ignites the imagination of people’s inner kid and gets ideas going for their own projects.”
What will it include?
Material lists, build notes and process photos are organized into sections, like this wood burning hot tub.
Full color and printed on matte art paper, sections of the book document the steps and process of building large and small projects.
In addition to my photos, shots by Ian Durkin, Trevor Gordon, Java Fernandez and Alex Yoder will be in the book. The majority of the photos in the book were shot on medium format film.
The design and building of the tree house.
Tucker Gorman’s (the tree houses designer) sketches from the build were scanned and included in book to show how ideas evolved.