The Original Tree Swing

Minneapolis, Minnesota · 422 Sales


The Original Tree Swing

Minneapolis, Minnesota 422 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

Shop owner

Bill Pine


Announcement   "Helping to create memories that will last a lifetime"


"Helping to create memories that will last a lifetime"

Bill Pine

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Bill Pine


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5 out of 5 stars
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Like the sun coming out from behind the clouds.....

It was summer, my girls were still little then and my son was just a baby. As a single father, I didn't have a lot of money to spend on summer camps or vacations so we tried to stay close to home. We had an old oak tree in our back yard that was perfect for a swing; so one morning the girls and I set out to make one. Like most hot summer days spent with three children under the age of six, this day was filled with lots of pestering, some whining, some fussing and a fair bit of tattling, right up until our swing was done that is. I hung it from a high branch and almost before the knot was tied the girls were on it and suddenly everything seemed right in the world. It sounds silly I know but like the sun coming out from behind the clouds the whining was replaced with laughter, the fussing with shouts of joy, and the tattling with love for each other. I sat down on the porch and watched the girls taking turns pushing each other on the swing while my son played in the grass at my feet. For the first time, in a long time, things felt right.

Just about every activity that summer somehow involved that swing and I don't know when it exactly happened but the girls were swinging as usual and one said “daddy you should make swings and sell um.” Great wisdom often comes from the mouths of children and this advice felt so right that we decided to give it a try. We bought some more rope and wood, made up a dozen swings and took them down to the local farmers market to sell.

We sold out that very first day! Before long we had rented a booth and hung a swing from the rafters. We spent every Saturday and Sunday morning down at the farmers market nestled between the fruit and vegetable stalls. Children stood in line to take turns swinging while the adults gathered around with far off looks in their eyes reminiscing with each other about the swing they had at their cabin, or their grandparents house, or their backyards when they had been kids. It was then that we came up with our tag line “Helping to create memories that will last a lifetime”. We sold a lot of swings that summer.

That was almost 12 years ago now and things have changed a lot in that time. The girls are getting ready to graduate high school and it seems like my son grows an inch almost every night. Our little business has grown and changed too. We formed a partnership a local company that takes trees the city cuts down due to construction, weather damage and even disease and instead of throwing them in the dump (as the city had been doing) they have developed a process to save the wood and mill it into useable lumber for our swings. We moved out of our little shop in the garage and into a big warehouse. We bought large woodworking equipment and even built our own kiln for drying wood. We grew our business slowly though; insuring that we focused on the values that were important to us. Quality craftsmanship, designs that were not only functional but beautiful, and most importantly ensuring that our business had positive impact on the environment. While we have learned and grown a lot in the last twelve years, somethings have stayed the same. Our desire to share the experience we had that first summer with our backyard swing and our hope to help create memories that will last a lifetime.

Thanks so much for your support,

Bill, Mackenzie, Brien, & Calvin
The Pines

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Shop members

  • Bill

    Owner, Designer

  • Mackenzie


  • Brien


  • Calvin

    Product Testing

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Last updated on May 7, 2014

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Refunds and Exchanges
It is important to us that you are happy with your purchase. If for some reason you are not, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can get to work at figuring out a solution. All items (Except custom orders) that are purchased from our web store or our Etsy store are eligible for returns. All returns must be received within 10 days from the date the order was delivered. Your item maybe returned for store credit or a refund less a 10% restocking fee and shipping costs. Buyer is responsible for return shipping except in the case of damaged merchandise.

Returned items must be in new, unused and resalable condition with all of the original packaging and tags attached.

To arrange a return please call or email us to receive a return authorization number (RA). This number helps us keep track of your return and ensure that a proper refund, credit, or exchange is issued.

Damaged items: If the item you ordered is damaged please let us know within 48 hours of receiving your order. Send an email to bill [!at] with a photograph of the damaged item.

All returns will be credited back to the original form of payment and should process within two to three weeks depending on your method of return.

A $5.00 fee will be applied for all items that require new tags and / or packaging.

When setting up shipping for your return please use a trackable carrier like USPS Priority mail, UPS, or Fedex and ensure that your RA number, your name, and the order number are included in the package. All items returned are your responsibility until they reach our warehouse. Please ensure that they are packaged properly.

Return merchandise to:
The Original Tree Swing
Attn: Bill Pine
2214 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Additional policies and FAQs
We want to make sure that children and adults using The Original Bench Swing are safe and that you enjoy your swing for as long as possible. You must check your swing at the beginning of each season and regularly before each use for signs of wear and tear. The Original Bench Swing is made from reclaimed wood and will degrade over time. Failure to check for wear and tear could result in injury. Should you observe signs of wear and tear, the swing is no longer safe and must not be used. This product is intended to be used solely for swinging at a reasonable height, in a seated position, while holding onto the rope with both hands. Children should not be allowed to use the swing without adult supervision. Extreme care should be taken when selecting a tree branch (of other item) from which the swing will hang to ensure that the branch (or other item) will support the weight of all swing users. You should mount and use your Original Bench Swing well clear of any power lines, fences, garages, houses, branches/twigs or any other obstacle that the swing may come in contact with. The Original Bench Swing is intended for outdoor use only and should be installed on a level surface above grass or wood chips. The Original Bench Swing, like all swings, carries a risk of injury from falling and, if The Original Bench Swing is not used exclusively as intended, it is possible that the rope could cause strangulation. Your Original Bench Swing has been treated with a light coat of Thompson’ Water Seal. You should apply a new coat of weather seal every spring or more often depending on the climate in which you live.