Bellingham company to be in upcoming episode of ‘Treehouse Masters”

Brandon Johnson nearly missed out on a chance to be on one of his favorite TV shows.

Earlier this year Johnson, an estimator and adjuster, walked into the office and another employee asked him if he had ever heard of the show “ Treehouse Masters.” Someone at the show had called and left a phone message wondering if Mt. Baker Roofing could help out on a treehouse project in Edmonds.

It was a small project and out of the area, so the roofing employee didn’t think it was something the company would do.

“It took four or five tries to get back in touch to say I would do it,” said Johnson, adding that it was a cool show and he had wondered if they would get a call, given that the company in the show is based in Washington state.

The Edmonds treehouse is featured in the episode scheduled to air at 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, on Animal Planet.

The roofing project, which was done in mid-January, was not out of the ordinary for Johnson, except for the part that called for tree branches sticking out of the roof.

With a television crew on hand, though, Johnson said they did a good job making it look smooth, even though it was hectic.

Johnson’s not allowed to talk much about the project before the segment airs, but TV listings describe the episode as focusing on a pirate-themed treehouse complete with a 50-foot rope bridge and hidden compartments.

The key to the show is its host, Pete Nelson, known for his high-energy personality. Johnson said Nelson is very much like the persona viewers see on television.

“It was certainly one of the most interesting jobs I’ve ever done,” Johnson said.

Mt. Baker Roofing has been in business more than 30 years and is operated by Johnson’s dad, Dana.