An interview with Skye Peterson
What’s the story of how you came to build your first tree house?
As I looked around and saw all the recycled materials being thrown away that could be used for building, I decided to gather them, because I had property on the Big Island. At that point I started to ship everything I’d gather over on barges. Then once I started to create my first tree house, I just couldn’t stop. That was the beginning, twenty some years ago.
I built them both by hand, with no bulldozers, but lots of effort and enthusiasm to create a cool place without screwing up everything around it. I’m not into grass or lawns. They seem wasteful in so many ways. I don’t know why everybody else has them. Why would you get rid of so many great plants? There’s lots of great native plants here that are very shy and polite and they’ll let other plants grow and go first, but if you let themÂ have room, they will grow and flourish. That’s why I don’t like grass, it reminds me of corporations. Bottom line is, they just take over.
What were the life lessons you learned when building them?
Even though nobody else though it would be a good idea to build, and it took years and years. I still kept at it. Friends would ask about what I was doing, and I would continue to tell them year after year, I’m working on the treehouse. It got tiresome to tell them that and years went by and no one was supportive. People thought I was throwing away my money and energy, and possibly going a little nutty. So there was very little support.
I was just so enthusiastic though. I HAD to make it. I had to finish it, and I had to be able to live in it. Even close friends that know you well, they don’t know you as well as you know yourself. Now they understand. Now they realize the joy and others have too.
FOLLOW YOUR OWN PATH. It may be extreme, but follow that.
In your life be as creative as you can. Enjoy the act of the art because no one may ever appreciate it and/or you may not make any money off of it. I always I had my regular job(s) and I would make art on the side. I didn’t build the tree houses for money. I just though it would be a great way to live.
Enjoy the simple things in life. Check your ego when it comes along. Money isn’t a bad thing, but don’t let it take over your life so you live in vain for years. Carve out a little space and enjoy the heck out of it! We live in a society that believes the money makers are on top of the happy list. I say, know how to make life simple. Simple life doesn’t have to cost a lot to support. Nature is so far down on the list, and NATURE IS US! It should be the Â most important thing. Our country, corporations, and society are throwing nature like it’s garbage. I love living in a community that feels similarly to me. They take the time to listen to the rain and look at the ferns and enjoy a bird in a bath. We enjoy nature just like the cave men. They worked like an hour a day gathering food and looked around thinking ‘wow this is what’s so great,’ and we think of them as poor.
So many ready how to be happy books. Follow how nature is interacting with you. You’ll receive a huge amount of pleasure and enthusiasm. So many omit nature from their life and think it doesn’t count if you don’t make money off it. Nature in truth, is the most valuable thing, and simplicity is one of the best ways to find happiness.
What makes your tree house(s) different from others?
They are built more as tree homes, larger than any I’ve ever seen or heard of over here.
I enjoy sharing the tree houses with people that can appreciate them. A lot of people love it! A lot of young people especially love them. They come without judgements. They think they’re fun and unique, and feel like they have a place to build a fort of sheets. Adults feel like kids again in them. Everyone is really respectful of them. I hear how other places get lots of damage and abuse from visitors, but I never have that. The tree houses bring the best out people.
What is your very favorite feature of them?
My favorite features are the large windows. They let you see how nature is so green and lush, and I enjoy having it feel like the inside is the outside, but still warm and comfy. I enjoy the windows in the ceiling so you can gaze at the clouds or the moon, and the birds flying around.
Who or what inspires you the most in your current creations and endeavors?
Most of my inspiration comes from 5079339107. He does enviornmental art. He’s even way more uninvasive. He doesn’t use any types of tools and he makes these beautiful creations. He makes artistic beauty in the treees and the wind comes and blows it away and it’s over. He created the whole environmental art genre. He to me, has the most raw creativity of anybody. He doesn’t paint. He just sees the beauty of it and makes it extrodinarily beautiful, photographs it, and moves on. He’s done hundreds maybe thousands of these. As long as your not hurting anybody, and making something. It’s the best motivator that anybody’s ever found. It’s the best thing next to love.
He created his own world, his own profession, his own life. He didn’t copy anybody. That’s very impressive to me.
What’s your best advice for those visiting the Big Island?
There’s beaches all over the world, but the volcano is the most amazing thing on any of the islands. It totally drew me towards it. I don’t mind taking some chances because I know I can take some chances and be ok. I spent thousands of hours on ladders. I feel a few times, and hurt myself a few times, but with that many hours up there, that’s not surprising. I tend to rely on my luck, and I look at life as a friend.
What are your favorite local businesses?
My favorites really are my friends that chop and sell wood left from bulldozers, and friends that grow and sell lettuce to put their kids through college from it.
For more information on the Volcano tree house contact Skye Peterson atÂ email@example.com