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Novice Carpenter Builds a Secret, Illegal Tree House on Crown Land in Canada

Novice Carpenter Builds a Secret, Illegal Tree House on Crown Land in Canada

Joel Allen didn't expect to end up building a secret cabin on land he didn't own in British Columbia. First he thought he would work in software (that didn't work out), then he retired at the age of 26 (didn't work out either). After befriending a self-taught carpenter, Allen was inspired to go into the field himself. He headed to Whistler, north of Vancouver, lived out of his car and looked for work. Allen spent a lot of time in the woods, and realized he wanted his own hideaway. Working with architect friends, he designed an egg-shaped tree house. After a two month search for the perfect tree, he found his spot, on publicly owned Crown land- not quite legal, but who would know? © Joel Allen Construction began in the fall of 2008, accompanied by bear sightings and lots of lost tools. Allen learned as he went. After spending $6,500 of his own money, he discovered he could ...

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