What kind of parent would build a tree fort for their kids that’s 15 feet off the ground???
The awesome kind!
Injury potential aside, a tree fort has to be the coolest place for a kid to hang on a hot summer day. And a tree fort with a view of the tracks? Well, the kid would have to fight for their space with most of the model railway enthusiasts I know… myself included.
Since I’ve been working so hard on getting my trees right, I thought a tree fort would be a great detail to add to one of the big trees in the backyards at St. Williams. (The fort shows up in several other photos I’ve shared in the previous two postings, so have another look at those, too.) I built the fort into the tree armature before I planted it on the layout and added the canopy. It’s eight feet by eight feet, with a 42″ railing around the perimeter.
Here’s a closer look:
It’s actually fairly difficult to photograph, what with it being tucked away under the canopy and all. But at left in the above image, you can make out the open lid of the trap door in the floor – and behind it, a rolled up rope ladder on the deck. The sign at right featured prominently in many Calvin and Hobbes comic strips, and in fact I created it by finding a suitable comic online… cropping, resizing and squaring up the sign… and cranking out a copy on my colour printer:
(Yes, I’m a fan. No, I don’t think girls are gross – or slimy!)
I need to find a kid or two to finish the fort – perhaps wearing pirate hats folded out of newspapers?
And where can I find an anthropomorphic tiger?
Tigers are great!
They can’t be beat…