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Furniture, Art Made Out Of Living Trees

Trees Patiently Grown into Art and Furniture

awesome In the United Kingdom started to cultivate wooden home furniture (nine shots)

Can you believe it! A home grown boat!

Try Your Hand At Arborsculpture For A Fun Hobby

Arborsculpture is the art of shaping and grafting live tree trunks into artwork or functional pieces.

Cut three trees the same height, put plywood on top, add ladder. Treehouse!

tree house with frame

pixels Artist Peter Cook, grew this living garden chair using tree shaping methods, primarily training a living tree through constricting the direction of branch growth. The chair took about eight years to grow.

This entryway was grown by Axel Erlandson in late 1920's He planted 10 trees and simply pruned and grafted the growing tree parts to create this pattern. He built a scrap wood frame behind it to serve as a guide and hold the tree parts still until the grafts had taken. To learn more about this project other projects along with the complete history of Arborsculpture, pick up your copy of Arborsculpture - Solutions for a Small Planet

Design for arborsculpting a gateway

Perfecting the Perennial Border at Sensible Gardening and Living

Perfecting the Perennial Border at Sensible Gardening and Living

scrap wood hanging flower basket 10

Easy & Inexpensive DIY — Pieced Wood Hanging Flower Basket


News and discussion about using live trees as medium for art and construction

4 trees grafted together

More grafting: 4 trees grafted together

More of Axel Erlandson's Circus Trees.  He died never sharing his secret of creating these fanciful trees.

15 of the World's Most Exotic & Amazing Trees

Axel Erlandson was an American ‘arborsculptor’ who planted trees in specified patterns and pruned, bent and grafted them into shapes not seen in nature. He opened a horticultural attraction in 1947 near Santa Cruz, California named “The Tree Circus”


Erlandson’s formal education ended at the fourth grade. A self-taught surveyor, civil engineer, musician, nurseryman and horticulturalist, Axel developed a hobby and an obsession with guiding the growth of living trees with great precision.