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Peacemaker Treehouses founder John Carberry stands beside the Gell Center's custom treehouse outside Naples, New York.

About us

Peacemaker Treehouses is not a high-volume machine powered by a high-sales engine. It is a custom craft shop, a one-man operation built on a simple principle: Build well, for the love of it and for the joy it makes. We do just one or two treehouses each year, and that passion runs through every bolt and every board we carefully build into every one. To understand if we're right for you, it's important to understand the company's founder; so here's a little about him:

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No matter where he's been, Peacemaker Treehouse founder John Carberry has been lost in the woods since his first camping trip more than four decades ago.

John began building as a boy, working with family friends on every project they'd let him near. He started his professional building career in 1985, working for Cornell graduate and in-ground pool pioneer Peter Catano. He watched and learned as Peter helped transform an industry, emphasizing top quality materials and cutting edge techniques, with the goal of creating unique spaces for people to laugh and be renewed.

After briefly studying architecture at the University at Buffalo, John began a career in politics, working in Washington D.C., Albany and Buffalo before leaping across the First Amendment to become a journalist. After a 17-year career as a reporter, columnist, radio host and editor, John realized the bigger truths can be found back in the woods he still walked in his mind. A chance stumble across one of Pete Nelson's early treehouse books made John a man with a mission.

Peacemaker Treehouses is that mission. John spent years studying the emerging science of treehouse construction with the pros who defined and expanded the craft. His goal: to continue to bring this craft to those who appreciate patient, custom design and construction, and to help his newfound friends reconnect with the peace and the joy of the nature that surrounds them.

He still writes, and occasionally dares to talk politics, but helping people get lost in the woods -- even if it's one tree at a time -- has helped John find his path in the woods once more.