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A Rose by another name

This is the cabin in the woods with the old Cafe Eutopia road sign, and the new bench and carved roots. Ferrocement is so great, permanence being one of its greatnesses as I get older and have seen hard work rot in the form of titree that seemed so solid and durable, and macrocarpa, and even treated pine (yuk). So think twice, then build once, for life and for the next generations too…

The stain I’ve used is just iron sulphate in water, which reacts with fresh cement and forms a rusty effect. It soaks in a little way – enough for pretty good wearing, and of course a recoat is easy and very cheap. The roots I have stained with acrylic green – not finished yet! Apologies for more on the cabin – I can’t wait to get down to Gisborne’s ‘deep dark woods’ where I am going to build the Hobbit Haven for little Bruno… Watch this space! Oh, and the dome in the last picture is an experiment with some alkathene pipe and greenhouse film – it was quick to make and will last a long time, but… I want to use glass and sand-cast ferrocement arches! Next time!

oh yes, the staff I’ve been carving is in the last photo. Note the classical labyrinth pattern on the concrete paver. I made a mould so these are quick to make – always good to have some stepping stones. Will make more. Can do on order if you want some, too.

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Hobbit Haven no.2 – 5 windows

This is a plan for a slightly bigger Hobbit Haven (4.4 by 3.2 metres, or approx 14 1/2 by 10 1/2 feet), with its width determined by the two windows and one door in the middle with sufficient space between them all. The depth (from front to rear wall) is determined by the height (1.8 metres or 5 foot 11 inches – for Big Folk this would be adjusted to 2.5 metres or 8 ft approx) and the arc from that – I like the idea of sticking to simple circles and part circles, which any sensible Hobbit would (I think) approve of.

Regarding the finials (the decorations above the door and the end walls): Hobbits are generally agreed to have a great fondness for flowers, and fruit, and therefore would I believe have in the classical period have carved finials in floral or fruit shapes. Likewise trees and tree forms of all kinds, including knotwork (now referred to as ‘Celtic’ knots).

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hobbithaven no 2 NEW pic side view copy

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Bruno’s cabin design revisited

This is the latest plan of HobbitHaven no.1  for grandson Bruno in Gisborne – a chimney (all children like and EXPECT chimneys), and a rounded back which will be covered and blend the lines of the roof with the bank behind… The chimney can be a skylight, a lookout place, or even have a little potbelly stove under it.. Apologies for the fuzziness – my cellphone lens seems to be terminally fogged up – but very soon I will make a scale model and photograph it with the Big Camera.

One window faces down the path of the ‘Deep Dark Forest’, the other up it towards the back garden (and safety). The door (note the lattice windows) faces across the gully.

hobbithaven no 1 revised

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Gandalf aka wizard of Eutopia turns his hand to construction…

Greetings fellow Hobbit-lovers! This new blog is of a new dream from my heart, to your heart – and your garden or lifestyle haven – Halfling, Dwarvish and Elven architecture, inspired by Tolkien and the ‘tiny homes’ trend sweeping the Big People world of Big Homes.

Here is a selfie of me dreaming in style. The window sashes are sand-cast concrete – rot free and round, as windows should be.

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I am already ordered to make grandson Bruno a mini hobbit hole (above ground – or mostly!) in Gisborne as soon as I get down there. (We plan to spend this year in Gisborne to be near Anna as she has grandson number two!)

Meanwhile I’ve just made a little cabin in the woods for me, on our land on the Kaipara, as a retreat and storage place when we rent out the rest – housetruck and leanto etc. I found it healing and restful to labour hard to make this cabin. The only difference from a hobbit cabin is it is (unusually for me!) rectangular. This is cos I had some secondhand slabs of polystyrene to use up… here’s some photos of that, also ferro steps I made, a photo of Bruno on a nice concrete lion in invercargill, and finally on a shelf inside the cabin a model of the real hobbity cabins I plan to make… Oh and the second photo is of the rooftop paddling pool for sun-warmed showers…

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Here’s to fantasy made concrete and real on the good Middle Earth of New Zealand! Some of these may become part of the Hobbit Trail through New Zealand as cabins to stay in after visiting Hobbiton…. I hope so! Get in touch if you want one on your piece of Godzone/Middle Earth!

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