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  • A nest is a place where you have a sense of protection and strength.

  • It's like an earth temple or a nature temple.

  • The wood is following a pattern, but not one branch is the same.

  • As a nest builder, I'm following those patterns.

  • Most of the work is trying to bring out the best of those shapes with each other.

  • (elegant violin music)

  • I'm Jayson Fann, and I'm a nest builder.

  • I started building nests as a child.

  • The nest building was really an intuitive process of just gathering branches and building forts originally.

  • And the nest grew and got bigger and more elaborate.

  • Now some of the nests are as big as a hundred thousand pounds of wood.

  • The hardest part of building the nest is really gathering all the wood.

  • I use a chainsaw to cut wood.

  • I use a machete to cut off all the excess leaves and from there, I really assess, you know, what kind of shapes I have, what kind of material I have to work with.

  • The construction process of the nest first is creating the foundation and the infrastructure.

  • And then I follow those larger sculptural shapes that I bolt together with smaller material that I can weave in and around.

  • I use every part of the tree, the trunk of the tree, all the way down to the very smallest twig and branch of the tree.

  • I've gotten to where I'm used to building them on flatbed trailers and moving them around, and in many cases, I'm transporting them across the country.

  • Because the nests are quite heavy, I use cranes and forklifts and different kinds of equipment.

  • This is all eucalyptus.

  • There's over 75 different species of eucalyptus on this property.

  • I've built around 50 nests all over the country, and now primarily, I build the nests with kids within an educational setting.

  • As an educator, like, it's really important to work with kids and help them realize that they have the ability to shape and create an environment.

  • I'm gonna show you how we can integrate those branches into the spiral.

  • I love getting kids out into nature, interacting with nature.

  • And the nest is actually very much a collaboration with nature.

  • I know I've done a good job when it looks like the nest is something that could almost have grown out of the ground.

A nest is a place where you have a sense of protection and strength.

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