OUR CREW

WE TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN OUR TEAM

Our team’s passion for craft and community elevates the experience of working with Nelson Treehouse.

Family Legacy

Nelson Family

Pete Nelson

TREEHOUSE MASTER / FOUNDER

Pete fell in love with treehouses as a child, after building a backyard tree fort with his dad at their home in New Jersey. Today, he has created hundreds of treehouses around the world with his design and build firm, Nelson Treehouse and Supply. Pete has also published six books on the art and science of treehouse-building, most recently Be in a Treehouse. He has also shared many of his builds with global audiences as the star of the hit Animal Planet television series Treehouse Masters. In all of these projects, Pete has endeavored to equip others with the information and inspiration to get out into nature and up in the trees in a safe, sustainable, and fun way.

  • Judy Nelson

    CO-OWNER

    The love of treehouses must be contagious, because Judy gets as excited about the arboreal structures as the rest of her family does. When she's not busy running Treehouse Point (with the help of an incredible staff), Judy loves to cook, play soccer, hike, drink tequila with her friends, and hang out with three dogs, a large cat, and a bunch of chickens. She married Pete more than 30 years ago and is loves being a mom to their three fantastic kids. Judy and Pete welcomed their first grandchild, Emily’s son, Douglas, to the treehouse life in January 2019!

  • Emily Nelson

    CHIEF OF STAFF

    Emily received her Bachelor’s in Sociology with honors from the University of Washington. She joined Nelson Treehouse in 2012, bringing with her years of experience in business management and administration, partnership development, marketing, and e-commerce.

    Emily oversees operations of Nelson Treehouse projects and personnel and facilitates partnerships and planning for Treehouse Resort and Spa. She also founded and leads our online store for treehouse hardware, supplies, and lifestyle products.

    When Emily isn't running all things related to the family business, she can often be found chatting loudly with Pete on her parents' front porch with her dog, ToastyRoastyMunchyBun, and her husband, Patrick Willse. Emily and Patrick welcomed their son, Douglas, to the treehouse life in January 2019!

  • Henry Nelson

    CARPENTER

    After being refined at various educational institutions for the past few years, Henry, twin of Charlie, has officially busted onto the treehouse scene! A key member of the travel team and a night crew regular, Henry is quickly mastering building in the trees. Tasked with making all of the compostable toilets used in the treehouses, he is known for his signature Hank Tanks. When Henry is not busy swinging a hammer you can probably find him hucking a Frisbee out in the backyard or sporting a backpack and exploring the great Pacific Northwest.

    Read Henry's Staff Spotlight here.

  • Charlie Nelson

    CARPENTER

    Born into the world of treehouses, Charlie is Pete Nelson's son and one of the carpenters on our build crew. Growing up in, among, and dangling from trees, Charlie has enjoyed this unique perspective and thoroughly appreciates the effect treehouses have on the trees and on the people who interact with them. He has accumulated a broad set of treehouse building skills that he looks forward to passing on to future generations of treehouse builders, just as previous craftsmen have done with him. A trained guitar builder, he is also a recent graduate of a boat building program in Seattle.

WE’RE GLAD YOU’RE HERE!

Meet the whole Nelson Treehouse Crew, the people behind the magic you see.

GALLERY

CREATIVE
SPIRITS

Master Builders

Project Managers & Designers

  • Daryl McDonald

    PROJECT MANAGER

    Daryl was born in New England, then moved west with his family when he was 10. Growing up with a father who was a contractor, Daryl has been around building all of his life. While attending the University of Washington, Daryl met Pete through a mutual friend. More than 200 builds around the world later, Daryl lives and breathes treehouses. He also enjoys outdoor activities like snowboarding, mountain biking, and hiking with his wife, Nicola (whom he met at treehouse workshop!), and their faithful dog, Rusty.

  • Scott Atkins

    PROJECT MANAGER

    After 20 years of “ground house” building, Scott decided to take it to the trees! Born and raised not far from Fall City, Scott spent his childhood days in the woods constructing forts, rope swings, and hideouts. Now, many years later, he is feeling young again at Nelson Treehouse! As the son of an engineer, Scott is always looking for a creative way to find solutions. Scott's wife, Robyn, helped care for and teach the Nelson kids when she was a teenager, so things have truly come full circle. In his spare time, Scott can be found dodging the trees on his skis or backpacking among them with his son, Cedar.

    Read Scott’s Staff Spotlight here.

  • Toby Maloy

    PROJECT MANAGER

    Toby was introduced to woodworking in his father's shop and has been following that path in various forms ever since. He brings 25 years of building experience to Nelson Treehouse and Supply. Toby shares a love of gardening and the outdoors with his wife, Jennifer, and is kept on his toes by his son, Arrow, and daughter, June. Neko, Toby's trusty dog, often accompanies Toby to work.

    Read Toby's Staff Spotlight here.

  • Daniel Ash

    ARCHITECT

    Daniel received his bachelor’s in architecture with honors from Auburn University. He brings a decade of experience in both small-space vernacular design/build and long-term large-scale design projects like apartment buildings and high-rises.

    Daniel leads design on many of our corporate projects, such as the Alaskan mountain treehouse for Princess Cruises and the treetop workspaces on Microsoft’s corporate campus. His work has been published in Architectural Record, Metropolis, and Portfolio Design: Fourth Edition.

    Daniel began his Nelson Treehouse journey as an intern in 2006. When he’s away from his desk, Daniel makes furniture and art, cooks, spends an irresponsible amount of time outside, and hangs with his brilliant wife, Sandy, and grumpy hedgehog, Frenchy.

    Read Daniel's Staff Spotlight here.

  • Liz Watters

    STAFF ARCHITECT

    After a sunny five years of architecture school at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and Florence, Italy, Liz is excited to be back in the Northwest continuing her architecture journey amongst the trees. A love of art, travel, and the outdoors guides Liz’s path through life, and the treehouse world is the ideal new front for exploration.

  • Jamie Brett

    STAFF ARCHITECT

    Jamie grew up in Snoqualmie valley and went to school for architecture. Her work experience is sprinkled with various kinds of architecture, design and construction types. In her free time, she travels as much as possible & enjoys doing photography. Jamie loves camping, snowshoeing and going on road trips. Really exploring anywhere her dog can join her...Jamie has been a staff member of the architecture team at Nelson since 2020. She is happiest surrounded by the smell of fresh cut wood & loves all tiny things. Like tiny houses! And tiny treehouses, of course.

  • Elaine Schreurs

    Office Operations Manager

    Elaine grew up as the daughter of an electrical contractor - her family moved to the Pacific Northwest upon her father’s retirement from the Navy. Elaine has been married for over 30 years to her husband, who is in the construction industry. They have four children and one fantastic granddaughter. Elaine brings a strong background in office management and travel organization to Nelson Treehouse. She and her family (which includes dogs, cats, and horses) have resided in the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley for nearly 35 years. Besides home, her favorite places to spend her time away from work are Makapu’u, Hawaii and Dungarvan, Ireland.

  • Candace Tucker

    STAFF ARCHITECT

    Candace was born and raised in Redlands, California where she developed her appreciation for architectural details. She attended Cal Poly Pomona for architecture school and CSU, Northridge for Historic Preservation. While in school, she got the opportunity to intern for Extreme Makeover Home Edition. After college, Candace worked on the Avenues of Art and Design in Hollywood as a Lighting Designer, for Armentrout Architects expanding the beautiful ESRI campus, emphasizing sustainable green space, and also as a Project Estimator in the hospitality design sector. She has also done contract design work for Facebook and Microsoft. Candace and her husband moved several times throughout the country due to the Navy until they settled in Washington as his last duty station. She is currently very involved in Local Government, writing and updating land use ordinance. Candace also sits on the Landmarks Commission and Design Review Committee for King County. In her spare time, she and her husband run a Nonprofit Youth Cycling Development Club and enjoy camping, hiking and cooking with their two young children.

  • Carley Ridout

    Social Media Manager

    Carley was born and raised in the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley! From working at a kayak outfitter in Issaquah, to a skincare manufacturer in Carnation and now as the Social Media Manager for Nelson Treehouse in Fall City, she thrives working alongside local businesses and sharing the brands story. In her free time, you can find Carley skiing, trail running and climbing with her husband Stephen. When they aren’t adventuring they love to spend time snuggled up in the tiny house they built with their fur-children, Gia (doggo) and Slick (wild house cat). 

  • Bjorn Stai

    Bjorn was born and raised in Snoqualmie and loves living there since it’s the perfect place to get outside to ski, hike and river raft. He has a dual citizenship with Norway and his very proud of his heritage. Bjorn graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Environmental Studies and hopes to one day become a dam operator. When he’s not slinging treehouse hardware or getting outside, he enjoys going to live concerts and playing sports such as basketball, football, and soccer. “Go Hawks!” and “Up the Reds!” are some of his favorite mottos.

Visionaries

Carpenters

  • Dylan Rauch

    After finishing school in North Carolina, Dylan drifted to the West Coast, where he joined forces with the Nelson crew. Since then he's been roaming the country with a tool belt and an upbeat attitude, living the happy life of a treehouser. Thanks to his previous experiences in technical theater and mechanical fabrication, Dylan approaches treehouse building with powerfully creative perspective. And he can move things with his mind.

    Read Dylan's Staff Spotlight here.

  • Patrick Willse

    Patrick hails from tropical Cleveland and brings years of construction experience to the Nelson team. Patrick's first construction job entailed transforming a tired old building in his hometown of Rocky River into an artful brewpub. He went on to build skate ramps and run his own residential construction business specializing in outdoor living spaces. Patrick got hooked on the treehouse life by building a treehouse for his nieces and nephews. After meeting Pete at a local treehouse build in Ohio, Patrick relocated to the Pacific Northwest and joined the Nelson team. In addition to a dream job, Nelson Treehouse & Supply supplied Patrick with his dream bride: chief of staff Emily Nelson! Patrick and Emily welcomed their son, Douglas, to the treehouse life in January 2019!

  • Kevin Keppler

    Kevin grew up in New York and then moved to Florida with his family when he was in high school, where he spent his days surfing. He started building 15 years ago and quickly realized that building was his passion - particularly post & beam and finish work. Pete met Kevin in Vermont when he volunteered to work on the tree house build in South Newfane. He was hired on the spot! Kevin, his wife and daughter live Vermont with their dog, Max, and cat, Poppy. When he is home he  works on his own house (like all true carpenters ;), does masonry, works on his daughter's playhouse, grows vegetables & flowers in their garden, seeks out swimming holes and plays lots of badminton.

  • Ian Franks

    Ian Franks's most memorable childhood moments were spent building forts on his family's wooded lot just 15 miles from Fall City. Following his graduation from at the Evergreen State College in 2003, Ian decided he'd be happiest working with his hands. A heck of a fine woodworker, Ian has also done timber framing and straw-bale and cobb construction. A team member since 2012, Ian is known for his keen attention to detail and creative problem solving. When Ian is not building, he is likely coaching or playing rugby, his lifelong love.

  • Adam Cage

    Adam joined the Nelson team after taking a three-year (non)vacation building cell phone towers in Hawaii. Needless to say, Adam is not afraid of heights. An expert climber and exclusive member of Brothers Cage (members being John and Adam), he has quickly become a key asset of our travel team. A skilled pool player, Adam enjoys finding the local pool hall near all of our builds to play locals and dazzle them with his mad skills and sultry smile.

  • Rolf Hefti

    Rolf is a Swiss-born, Southern-scribed migrant who has set seed in the cedar forests of the NW and is pursuing the crafts of wood. Rolf is happiest spending time with his family, drawing, sawing, milling wood, and building. These labors keep him breathing with a smile.

  • Max McLaughlin

    Max grew up in Michigan and studied engineering in college. During this time, he learned that he really wanted to work with his hands in the great outdoors! He has a lifelong fondness for legos, tinkering with little projects, building forts in the woods, traveling and outdoor adventure pursuits. Max has been known to just "hit the road" - living out of a variety of vehicles seeking a diverse set of occupations. Max's work background is in trail + bridge building in national parks, farming, home remodeling/carpentry and sea kayak expedition guiding in the San Juan Islands. His hobbies include climbing/mountaineering/skiing/hiking the epic Cascade Mountains and volcanoes with his equally adventurous and awesome wife Sammy. They love rambling around the country in their off grid camper van that we designed and built out and lived full time in for a couple years, hanging out with our dog-child Gatsby!

  • Aaron Nelson

    Aaron has called Washington State his home for 42 years, a good run by any standard. He's been a stage and commercial actor and has traveled the country building pedestrian suspension bridges. When not building treehouses, you might find Aaron helping his friends move or repairing his comically fragile Volkswagen Vanagon. Aaron doesn't own any pets, is homeless, and is tragically single.

  • Jake Rouches

    Jake wants you to know that he can “seriously do anything.” That’s a pretty accurate statement, seeing as he does everything from leading tours at TreeHouse Point to packing orders for our treehouse supplies store to hauling lumber and driving forklifts. Jake grew up near our treehouse HQ and moved to Colorado to study at CU Boulder (and sharpen his skills on the ski slopes). Jake's happy to be back in the PNW and when he’s not doing anything and everything for work, he can be found skiing, golfing, or playing softball.

  • Jake McCauley

    Born in Montgomery, Pennsylvania,  a small town along the Susquehanna River, Jake spent a lot of his time growing up outside down by the river. Music and Art have always been an important part and eventually he went to Kutztown University to study painting and drawing. While there he worked at art galleries and ran a small gallery off campus, where he began to learn carpentry. After college his odyssey took him to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he worked on several crews doing everything from custom home building to restoration to full home renovations. He met Pete by chance at a Lucas Nelson (no relation) concert and after a great conversation was invited to help out on the build.  When he is not working he is most likely driving around the country, camping, rollerblading, picking his banjo or back in Pittsburgh making paintings in the studio.

  • Jordan "JP" Peterson

    JP grew up in Muskegon, Michigan and after high school started framing houses as a winter job. His can-do attitude, enthusiasm and great work ethic made him a star employee and he has been building ever since! In his free time, JP loves taking hikes with his pup - Belle - and playing disc golf, ultimate frisbee, watching sports and cornhole. But more than building treehouses, JP enjoys hanging out with family and friends.

  • Michael Hegarty

    Michael grew up on the east coast in Scituate Harbor where the grass is green and the air is crisp. He went on to study studied biology/pre-med in college but after graduation began to gravitate towards more creative work.  Eventually he found himself obsessed with anything related to woodworking or carpentry. Michael started out with sanding farm tables for an event rental company which evolved in to learning scenic carpentry to build custom installations for events. Before joining the Nelson Treehouse team, Michael worked for 6 years doing home remodels and focused on finish work. Quite the renaissance man, Michael enjoys fishing (including spearfishing!), diving, mountain biking, traveling, bombing hills on a longboard, writing music, building furniture & making art installations

  • Justin Kennedy

    Justin grew up in AZ flying Hot Air Balloons with his dad and enjoying all things outdoors. In fact, that is really where he fell in love with the thrill of exposure. Ever seeking adventure, Justin started rock climbing in AZ  and moved to Alaska after high school where he worked as an expedition mountaineer guide all over SE Alaska and the Yukon. He then joined a local Alaska crew designing and constructing  Log/Timber Frame buildings and other custom reclaimed wood fixtures. He also has experience designing and building zip line courses. In his free time, he enjoys fly fishing, disk golf, climbing, mountain biking and gardening.

  • Griffin Campbell

    Griffin grew up in Kirkland and has dabbled in Colorado and Indiana before coming back home to the PNW where the diverse weather makes him feel at home. He now lives in Issaquah with his two magnificent daughters. One of the things he enjoys most about building treehouses is putting together funky framing and building anything quirky! When he’s not working hard at Nelson Treehouse, Griffin loves to spend time with his family and friends praying and reading the Bible.

  • Nick Toye

    Nick was born and raised in Wyoming.  He moved to Alaska after high school where he attended college at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and lived for almost 15 years. Nick began working construction shortly after moving to Alaska and has been working in the carpentry trade ever since.  Recently, he moved back to the Rocky Mountain west where he will continue to work in residential construction.

  • Kevin Noffsinger

    Kevin was born and raised in Illinois before he moved to where the clean rivers and beautiful views of the Great Smoky Mountains called him to settle in Tennessee. Born into a family of carpenters, he carried on the craft and has been honing his carpentry skill for 34 years! He enjoys one of a kind projects so building treehouses is right up his alley. In Kevins spare time you can find him creating furniture out of reclaimed wood or spending a day at the golf course. 

     

  • Emily Ferree

    Emily grew up in Snoqualmie and lives in Fall City with her wife, Whitney, her two cats, Jelly Bean and Stink Bug and her chocolate lab, Buoy. She graduated from Bellingham Tech with a degree in Building Construction Technologies then worked in parks maintenance before she decided to pursue her career in carpentry with Nelson Treehouse. In her freetime, she volunteers as the Associate Advisor for Snoqualmie Valley Venturing Crew. When she’s not working or volunteering, you can find Emily enjoying the great Northwest from the mountains to the sound, sea kayaking, mountain biking, snowmobiling and skiing. Fun fact, she can also ride a unicycle!

  • Amos Adams

    Amos is from a small town in Western Massachusetts. He lucked into his first carpentry job just after graduating from Colorado College and has been in the industry off and on for 5 years. When Amos was a kid, someone gifted his family a copy of Treehouses of the World by Pete Nelson. He remembers getting lost in it repeatedly, leafing through it with friends, picking their favorite treehouses, dreaming of what it would be like to live in them. Fast forward in time and he is thriving living the treehouse building life for Nelson Treehouse.

  • Robert Sodergren

    Robert has lived in Washington his whole life and wouldn’t live anywhere else! He currently lives in Hobart where he bought his parents old home and remodeled it for his wife,Tammy and their pack of 7 beloved dogs! Robert worked as an Assistant Racehorse Trainer for 30 years before he retired and decided to try his hand at something new, working for Nelson Treehouse. In his spare time, Robert enjoys spending time with his wife and dogs at Ocean Shores where he is currently building a cozy cabin to unplug and connect with nature. One day he hopes to have a horse of his own to add to his sweet family!

  • Frank Belo

    Frank grew up in a small town in Connecticut gaining an appreciation for craftsmanship & nature at an early age. After attending a technical highschool for carpentry, he went on to receive an associates degree in Building Construction & Cabinetmaking at NEIT in Rhode Island. After several years honing his skills in cabinetry & high end millwork shops, his desire to travel finally got the best of him & he purchased an RV, filled it with tools, & began traveling the country visiting National Parks & building as he went. Filled with inspiration, he quickly began implementing more artistry into his builds which eventually led him to begin building unique structures, as well as art installations at music festivals around the country & Burning Man. Frank recently joined the Nelson crew to grow his skillset & build alongside other skilled carpenters who take pride in their trade & have fun while creating something beautiful. When he's not building, you can find him in the woods appreciating various textures, playing his drum kit, or in the kitchen baking.

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