Toronto-based Michael Greenwood “grew up around wood, in the family workshop and in the forests of southern Ontario.” After graduating from college, Greenwood began undertaking small home renovations and studied luthiery (guitar building) during the evenings at OCAD, where he developed an “appreciation for detailed, exacting work.” In addition to creating contemporary custom furniture, Greenwood also builds what he calls tree sanctuaries, ranging from simple platforms to multilevel shelters. Here’s a look at some of his lofty designs.
Above: Greenwood uses only salvaged or reclaimed woods from small local woodlots or from trees that have fallen on the building site. He also uses timber from old barns.
Above: Purposefully rustic, the tree houses blend in with their natural surroundings.
Above: Greenwood’s tree house embellishments include zip lines and a crow’s nest lookout.
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