God tells guy to build really, really, really large treehouse


53 Responses to “God tells guy to build really, really, really large treehouse”

  1. Summer Seale says:

    It’s a great project and looks really cool and all but, to paraphrase…


    …what does God need with a Treehouse?

  2. William George says:

    He says that God told him “If you build be a treehouse, I’ll see that you never run out of material.”

    Does the lumber magically appear in his tool shed? That would be convenient.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is not far from where I live. It’s simultaneously awesome and whimper-inducing at the same time. I spent a good deal of time tightly grasping anything that looked sturdy. Fun as hell, though. My boyfriend and I went during the fall when the trees were bare. You really get an idea of how much time and resources went into this without all the leaves in the way. A lot of people don’t realize that he offers the space to the homeless. An old man lived in the “creepee-teepee” in the back for years before he passed.

  4. iandberg says:

    I remember Neatorama covering this last year. Pretty wild..

  5. Anonymous says:

    8 years in the future?

  6. cjp says:

    Yeah! A nice photo set I can zoom through with Cooliris. Moar, please. Love the second shot.

  7. John Hudgens says:

    Oops – that should read *Horace* Burgess… damn fat fingers… and I should have proofread the submission, too – he got the inspiration in 1993 (according to this USA Today story: http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2007-07-29-treehouse-church_N.htm), so it’s technically been 17 years now…

  8. DonnyMac says:

    This is the best thing God has ever requested!

  9. Anonymous says:

    If Elvis tells a guy to build a tower, they put him in a mental institution. If god tells a guy to do the same thing, they call him a prophet.

    Still the treehouse is pretty neat.

  10. snakedart says:

    I’m pretty sure “God told me to” is just a way to get away with something you know will piss off the wife.

  11. Anonymous says:

    It’s the Winchester Mystery House of the East!

  12. Anonymous says:

    This would be really cool if not for the god part. If it was just some father/son project that was way too far, I’d cheer that. As it is, I’m hoping for a lightning strike.

    • robulus says:

      Really? Huh.

    • Anonymous says:

      What difference does it make if he thinks God told him to build it? At least he’s doing something peaceful and neat with his hands instead of something violent and stupid. I wish more “God told me to” people were building outlandish things rather than running for office.

  13. simon welds says:

    pretty amazing!! I wonder how much lumber was used

  14. bcsizemo says:

    I’m trying to figure out how the local municipality hasn’t raised a stink over this. I highly doubt it passes code. And obviously there are visitors galore in it.

    Frankly I think it’s pretty sweet and his carpentry skills certainly seem to improve as you move up the house.

    (It’s gonna be a bitch when that tree dies.)

  15. Anonymous says:

    house with a tree in it

  16. Anonymous says:

    how come god never parts with the recipe for water into wine?

  17. franko says:

    why doesn’t god tell people to, you know, care for the sick or the poor anymore? what’s his/her fascination with crazy building projects?

    • Ugly Canuck says:

      Gee, I think God just told me to tell you to go volunteer at your local hospital or chronic care facility.
      Now I think He just told me to tell everybody reading these words to go volunteer at your local hospital or chronic-care facility.
      Oh wait…no. No, that was just my clock-radio in the next room running an ad from a local church, mosque or synagogue. I’m not sure which.
      But even so, I do think it is good advice.

  18. thebelgianpanda says:

    Seriously people, stop criticizing his motivations. Awesome treehouse is awesome.

  19. Nadreck says:

    Where are the Ewoks?

  20. Antinous / Moderator says:

    If God told Noah to build an ark because there was a flood coming, should I be preparing for a plague of ground squirrels?

  21. Anonymous says:

    Inside city limits and subject to building code: Dangerous lunatic.
    Outside city limits and beyond the reach of building code: Inspired visionary.
    It is all about location.

  22. robulus says:

    Or those swarming carnivorous beetles out of “The Mummy”.

  23. Fett101 says:

    If you take a look at the last few pictures in the album you can see it’s not so much all treehouse as it is a building with a treehouse attached.

  24. Beelzebuddy says:

    This is just like the time God told that other dude, “If you cover this island with creepy dolls, you will have a really creepy island.”

  25. Anonymous says:

    love the tree house! but loose the organized religion stuff. the year is….? smarten up!

  26. DeWynken says:

    God told me read Boing Boing every day, and it’d never run out of wonderful things. So far, so good.

  27. Jonesisdying says:

    nice that you’ve got a girlfriend.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Say what you will about religion, but it has been the inspiration for some beautiful, beautiful art and buildings.

  29. jeligula says:

    Did God tell him to charge admission?

  30. eviladrian says:

    I wish God could tell more people to make amazing arts & crafts projects instead of just “kill the guys on the other side of the river”

  31. querent says:

    Worthy of Lothlorien. A life well lived.

    I was in Murfreesboro for a full year recently. Wish I’d known…. Sending Mom a link.

  32. voracious32 says:

    Well, well. Religion can inspire creation rather than destruction after all.

  33. Robert says:

    And after he dies… the treehouse will continue to build itself, complete with ghostly sounds of hammer and saw!

  34. Sweetcarovan says:

    I don’t care about the technicalities: God, treehouse or housetree, mental health issues… This is brilliant!

  35. Anonymous says:

    Too bad God didn’t send him an architectural/engineering education. DIY only goes so far before something is just plain-ass ugly and/or dangerous as hell.

  36. seanpatgallagher says:

    Looks like the Swiss Family Robinson have gone condo.


  37. tgvaughan says:

    tres creepy!

  38. hobbit_feet says:

    This guy is crazy. I am concerned about the health of the tree but more about the safety of visitors. Other than that, that’s a pretty amazing piece of work.

  39. Anonymous says:

    No, NO! God said “ARK” not “BARK.”

  40. voiceinthedistance says:

    I love how God just randomly chooses to assign some guy a life mission as ridiculous as building a giant treehouse. Think he keeps a list until he finds the right guy, or just says the first thing that pops into his head?

  41. moosehunter says:

    this is the “Treehouse of the Burgesses”?


  42. Anonymous says:

    It’s not a proper tree house. It should be supported by a tree, not built around a tree. Anyone can have a house with a tree in it.

  43. murray says:

    I treehouse is a house in a tree. This is a tree in a house. It’s a housetree.

  44. Anonymous says:

    next up…god needs a house boat…any volunteers?

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