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Fairy House from Fire Wood

How about a log house to inspire the imagination of a little boy? All of my other sculptures are works of art, not toys. But this one is designed for a friend’s child. I wanted it to be rustic and durable and not have any choking hazards.

Thanks to my friend Jeff for letting me scavenge this hollow log from his firewood pile. It has a perfect, natural opening for an entrance. I carved the door from a slab of oak bark. I used a strap of leather for the hinge and pegged it with oak twigs, epoxied into holes.

I applied a little gold leaf to the back wall so when you look through the bamboo panes you see a mysterious glint. Also I hinged the roof to encourage him to peer inside…and probably drop toys down in to be rescued out the front door.

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Fairy House on the Rock

I made this miniature house as a gift for a friend who is retiring from sales and moving to Tennessee to build cabins in the woods. So I made a cabin out of woods.

He is a Christian and I was inspired by Jesus’ sermon in Matthew 7 “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”

So I started with a chunk of Tennessee flagstone as the foundation, mounted on a matching slab of Florida cypress. The oak door and windows were cut from a piece of recycled pallet.

One photo I forgot to take would have revealed the 30 miniature LED lights, both in the main floor and tower.

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Moon over Copper Roof

Here is my latest project: A “fairy house” with a copper roof surrounded with lots of wood. We mounted it outdoors as a welcome by our front door.

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Log Gnome Home

I found this log at a place selling firewood in Plant City, Florida.  The rotted knot makes a perfect entrance to a “fairy house” leading into a hollow cavity. It took about three weeks to construct this little work of art. It’s heavier than most that I’ve built because of the solid wood and piles of rocks.  (But not quite to Dade County hurricane standards).

 

 

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Grape Vine House

This little house has gone through several changes. First it had a roof made from Mahogany seed pods. But it seemed too small so I cut it off and replaced it twice.
The walls are made from rocks stacked and mudded with concrete patch. The base is 3/4″ oak, mounted on a lazy Susan.
The door and window are a slab cut from a pine log that was hollow in the center.
I installed five LED lights: Most behind the front door give a warm glow and one in the attic for a peculiar shadow effect.

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Bilbo Baggins House, Bag End

 

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Cypress Dome Gnome Home

Tall cypress knees make the frame for this “fairy house” and two pecky cypress boards are the foundation.

 

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Cypress Knee Fairy House

The arches in this cypress knee look just like an entryway to an imaginary woodland. So I embellished it to complete the scene.

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Tea by the Sea

The inspiration came from my sister in law who collects tea pots and appreciates shells. So, for her birthday I made this fairy house.