Well it has been a while! I was away selling the Ark up north, and now I’m back in Gisborne and Dreamspace is getting closer to hosting the building of the first real live ‘hobbit’ haven. While I was away we lost the hobbithaven domain because my email peter at eutopia went west. So, I rethought and decided it’s a blessing in disguise, since our styles are not limited to a ‘hobbity’ look, but encompass Elven and Aedenic as well… and we have had the question of copyright about the name Hobbit, at least for a main name for it.
Watch this space – our first cabin will be a very ‘hobbity’ one, for the grandsons 🙂 We have been up the garden path so to speak, at the Gisborne environment centre, making the edging for their path and a spiral herb garden, and now hopefully a few raised beds…
There are some other projects ordered too. The sculptural ferrocement is in demand!
From my pecha kucha talk ‘Sailing to Eutopia – Dreamspaces built and imagined’, (see Youtube:
came this article, in the Gisborne Herald weekender supplement, 11/6/16. The Hobbit havens will be built in the back yard of the Dreamspace Gallery and Workshops, then trucked to wherever they are wanted. The large workshop space means we can have a whole area for sandcasting, another for bandsawing lovely wood for fitting out the interiors, plenty for storage, etc.
Thanks to Natasha who bravely interviewed me and managed to make something coherent of it (and who let me see it and tweak before publication). And the photographer – a nice young man who came, smiled, arranged doglets and wizards, and left. Of course, there were one or two minor factual corrections; mainly that of course the pictured playhut is not a true hobbit haven, as it isn’t curved and is very little…
Apples of Aeden the epic now has an exciting offshoot: the study and replication of Aedenyan architecture! This model I’m working on (excuse the roughness but I had to share now) is the first attempt to materialise it here on Edartha… A traditional Aedenyan starfish-shaped cottage. More to come I hope! These will soon start appearing on Earth, the Lady willing. A good complement to the Hobbit style I think. An Elvish influence as well…
This is exciting and tentative in that I need to apply for permissions from middle earth dot com – under way! I plan to make hobbitholes, cabins etc, all in durable, incredibly strong and above all sculptural and curvaceous ferrocement. See www.fantasticferrocement.com for my creations so far – also cafe Eutopia – google images has pages of photos uploaded by enchanted customers..
As a lifelong (60 years!) fan of Tolkien, hut cabin and treehouse builder, not to mention fantasy cafe builder (Cafe Eutopia – see www.eutopia.co.nz) and fantasy writer (Apples of Aeden, Sword of the Fifth Element), it was natural that when I saw the latest Middle Earth Air New Zealand safety video last week I got to thinking: why not go with that flow and specifically build for Hobbits-at-heart – as well as our honorary Elves, Dwarfs and Men of the West of course!
I’ve built a ferrocement gardens for my daughter Anna and now her son, coming up two, is to have a little Hobbit cabin/playhouse in the woods at the bottom of their garden in Gisborne.