Wednesday, January 13, 2016

One Man Spent 22 Years Carving Out This Tiny Tree Stump House

If this tiny house isn't proof of the impact that slowly chipping away at a big project can ultimately have, we don't know what is. Artist Noel Wotten of Canada's Haida Gwaii islands, on the north coast of British Columbia, has carved out a hobbit-sized living space in the stump of a goliath Sitka Spruce. It took him 22 years to do so, but the results are impressive: The quirky shed-size structure features handmade furniture, built-in shelves, and a cone-shaped, cedar-shingled roof sporting a dormer window and drooping copper peak.
Inside, unpainted walls display art, photographs, and memorabilia from musicians who have played there. (Apparently the dwelling is acoustically superior — it's said to invoke the experience of "playing guitar inside a guitar.") A photo tacked to the hut's interior depicts the overturned stump in its raw state—before Wotten started carving it—dwarfing the people in front of it. Sitka is the largest species of spruce, capable of reaching heights over 300 feet and diameters of 16 feet.

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