Wood is good

What would Middle Earth look like without trees, or its houses without wood? So, I have been beachcombing and using a bandsaw

115 116

to make planks and cut curved things, and soon the first proper Haven will be begun, and wood will figure largely inside it… I have tried out some wood shingles too on Bruno’s little playhut here at Appletree Haven…

130

cut from totara driftwood. I love them though they use up a lot of wood! They are meant to overlap each other by two thirds – hard to do that!  I saved some of the best totara for a frame for a painting. Here’s a small frame I did – an ‘Altar of art’ frame as I call them. Linseed oil on poplar (I think) driftwood.

152

So hobbit havens will be nice and woody… I was really inspired about wood craftsmanship and how much loved those who do it well can be when I found out about Sam Maloof.

sam maloof

See this documentary about him and his work – it’s long but charming:

His signature rocking chairs sold for $40,000 US in his lifetime – now they’re more!

So there’s hope for me to get hobbithavens built and sold and then more can be made until there’s a trail of them for those who love Middle Earth and Hobbits – and wood!

Finally, a section of old (150-odd year rings) totara log turning into an outside table:

160 141

And grandson Bruno walking the plank with crocodile Jemma below. Some kind of pine – the planks are drying now, a peaceful use to be found soon:)

145

Here they are painting the big round door:

067 068 069

Advertisements

2 Comments

Filed under cabins, playhut, wood

2 responses to “Wood is good

  1. So cool Peter! Great photos.

    Like

  2. Hi Peter

    Wood is indeed good. Beautiful.

    Just a gentle reminder though ­ for copyright reasons you won¹t be able to use the word Hobbit in any promotion or naming.

    XX

    Brother john

    From: hobbithaven Reply-To: hobbithaven Date: Wednesday, 21 October 2015 10:55 am To: John Harris Subject: [New post] Wood is good

    > WordPress.com > Wizard of Eutopia posted: “What would Middle Earth look like without trees, or > its houses without wood? So, I have been beachcombing and using a bandsaw to > make planks and cut curved things, and soon the first proper Haven will be > begun, and wood will figure largely inside ” >

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s