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Founder of Tentsile Talks About How His Portable Tree House Tents are Changing the Outdoors

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Founder of Tentsile Talks About How His Portable Tree House Tents are Changing the Outdoors

Tentsile is raising our time outdoors to another level with their concept of suspended portable tree houses.

The story of Tentsile has a pretty great beginning, one that mentions a combination of Amazonian deforestation and the Ewok tree village from “Star Wars” as the inspiration for a young Alex Shirley-Smith to begin a pursuit of building tree houses. The tale continues with a lofty sentiment, that forests can only really be saved if their trees find a new, more significant value beyond timber.

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Shirley-Smith has a good line to go along with that thought: “If we’re all hanging out in trees, they can’t cut them down.”

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So goes the narrative of Tentsile, a company that certainly doesn’t seem to have gotten its start with the intention to sell a lot of tents and make a bunch of money.

“To be honest, it was a purely selfish endeavor,” admits Shirley-Smith from his London office. “I just wanted a tree house I could take with me. I’d built tree houses for the last 15 years, and the problem with tree houses is they stay in the same place. You can’t take them on adventures.”

An idea was sparked, a prototype was envisioned, and a movement began.

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