Creator of ‘tree house with a skate park’ funds new book

If a tree house is your unrequited childhood fantasy, get ready to consider making that dream a reality. In The Cinder Cone Build Book, a recent KickStarter project, author Foster Huntington documents the process of building two tree houses and a skate park from beginning to end.

While you may not be familiar with Huntington, you might have seen his righteous digs — a double tree house featuring a hot tub and skatepark (yes, he actually lives there).

Huntington is also the author of The Burning House (2012) and Home is Where You Park It (2014). The Cinder Cone is a follow up to the former which was also funded via a KickStater campaign.

We had a chance to connect with this self-proclaimed “restless transplant” and van-life prodigy, and Huntington outlined a few of The Cinder Cone Build Book‘s finer points.

The Cinder Cone Build Book will be 10 inches by 7.5 inches, about 135 pages and have a hardcover. During this campaign, the book will be $30 for a signed copy, if the campaign is successful,  the book will retail for $35. Photo:  Foster Huntington

The Cinder Cone Build Book will be 10 inches by 7.5 inches, about 135 pages and have a hardcover. During this campaign, the book will be $30 for a signed copy, if the campaign is successful, the book will retail for $35. Photo: Foster Huntington

The goal:
I want people to look at it [the book] as a touchpoint for their own ideas, and hope to get people stoked on building stuff with their friends.

Additional photos by Ian Durkin, Trevor Gordon, Java Hernandez and Alex Yoder will be in the book. Photo: Foster Huntington

Additional photos by Ian Durkin, Trevor Gordon, Java Hernandez and Alex Yoder will be in the book. Photo: Foster Huntington

About the book:
The book is not a blueprint; it more so details the process of discovery. My college roommate has a design-build company and he designed the concept. I kept those notes and plans and included them as a reference, so people can see how someone else did it. When I start on a project I always look to see what's been done before—to learn from it. This structure is exciting because it's not one I've not seen before. This was a philosophy build; it shows the results of several people's efforts, and the outcome is pretty unique.

 The building of the skate bowl.  Photo: Foster Huntington

The building of the skate bowl. Photo: Foster Huntington

On KickStarting the book:
My first photo book I did [The Burning House] was with Harper Collins, a traditional publisher, and had little control over what the finished product looked like. I wanted full creative control on Home is Where you Park It, so I KickStarted it … My mom actually ships the books — literally. You do everything in this kind of venture and nothing is perfect, but with freedom comes responsibility.

Find additional images of the build project or help fund The Cinder Cone Build Book.

Follow Foster Huntington via Instagram and his blog, A Restless Transplant.

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