Pre-Assembled Cedar Shingles
I built my first house decades ago with a couple of friends. It was made entirely from salvaged materials, and was built as high in the tree as we dared to climb. High enough that if you stood on the roof, on your tip toes, you could see the Dairy Queen sign on the other side of town. With teenage distractions still years away, we were serious professional builders, armed with lots of ambition and zero experience.
The treehouse was a real work of art, folk art, but we made a few mistakes. First, using several different paint colors from nearly empty cans does not make a rainbow. "Rainbow Fort" looked more like a bad psychedelic poster from the same era. "Reinforcing" the tree might have been another bad idea. Adding nails where the branches attached to the trunk probably didn't make it any stronger.
Our biggest mistake was hanging venetian blinds in our "picture window" to protect us from the elements. The elements were rotten apples and tomatoes thrown by warriors from another tree fort. The blinds became the world's largest Veg-O-Matic, slicing and dicing everything that came our way. Soon the entire interior was coated with a salsa that attracted every bee in the county. We were forced to evacuate. Then the tree died.
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