I was told about a unique treehouse in Ranch Hill, Portland, and recently met the owner/builder, Junior, . From the words Jah Jah Bless carved into the bushes at the entrance, and seeing grass hearts growing inside the concrete driveway.... well let's just say the vibes were strong from the start.
Junior exudes happiness, humbleness and peace, along with something that makes you suspect his descendants were African kings. A very tall man. An artist. A true outsider artist. An artist of the land and the trees and whatever else he puts his hand to. Creativity surrounds him and you too if you are fortunate enough to meet. He makes everything beautiful. Literally.
Junior built his treehouse because of a Japanese woman he met some years ago. She suggested he build a treehouse and he decided he would do it. (In the hope she would return) The Laughing Tree House is a work in progress, built organically with hand tools. The land surrounding the treehouse has many tropical edibles. Junior loves to farm and the farm loves him back. (based on the amount of food available on his land). Junior is also a brickmason, and is building a house for his mother as time and finances permit. Current plans to help reach those goals, involve collaborating on sustainability projects, in particular - making breadfruit flour. Thanks to the brilliant Mary McLaughlin at TREES THAT FEED for their knowledge and assistance in this area. Breadfruit will soon be ready, and we will get to work drying and preparing it. Updates posted when that is in the works so everyone can learn the process for themselves. We are also experimenting with drying tropical fruits and medicinal plants. A Laughing Treehouse 100% natural produce brand will be launched soon. Through partnerships with like minded people, we can all reach the goals we set for ourselves. "Ain't nuthin' to it - but to do it" And this visionary brother most definitely is doing it.