The finished gnome home

A New Gnome Home is Born

Each Gnome Home has its own personality and requires just the right old tree log to bring it to a new life. I searched a number of my sources and found the perfect log in an old stump pile at a nearby mill. The new gnome home-to-be is the top log in the pile.  Even on its side, you can see the whimsical potential.

A pile of logs, to become a gnome home

So with the help of a big tractor and my truck, the log came back to our log yard for construction.5' log to become a gnome home. Standing at that time over 5’ and weighing a lot, I then began to visualize the locations of the windows and doors. By looking at the photo, you can see there are many options.


The roof angle has been carved on this gnome home to be. Next was to select the front view and cut the roof     line. I only get one chance at getting it right on this cut. Good sharp saw blade and trust it comes out evenly. It did, and the personality started to come out.



From there, I cut it down to  4’ and began the carving of the An almost-completed gnome home. Needs a roof!windows and doors. I did use the many sticks and branches the customers provided. I also added my own, which we collect from our beach and coastal travels. This process can take days to a week. A little work, walk away, and come back again while changing and adding more features.

At some point, it is enough and the gnome home look is achieved. The final assembly is the addition of the roof, chimney and ridge top. This roof was made out of very old, large cedar shakes I found out in Joyce, WA, from a very old shack that was being removed.

Construction complete, small outdoor furniture was made and added. Window decorations and moss completed the project. It then became a true, woody, Whimsical Woods Gnome Home.

A great custom project that, with the “just right” log, turned out perfectly. Now the gnomes will find it and all will be blessed with happiness and good will. The finished gnome home

Val Jackson

Whimsical Woods

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Gnome Home Project – Update #4 – Final?

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I think I’m finished. This started with an old tree stump about 5’ tall. I carved a forest gnome home out of it. I just added the roof and moss and I will plant a few ferns from our woods around it for the final touch. I could add (as I suggest to homeowners) a low wattage 12 vdc outdoor spot on a timer. If you do this, use a 10 watt max and not solar – it’s too bright and too white. You want that subtle soft yellowish glow. You will be very happy with the results.

So, that’s the project from start to finish (except for the ferns). We can build these large gnome homes to order which are then transported to various locations. We also have smaller gnome homes on our website which we ship all over the country.

We’d love to hear your comments and look forward to your inputs!

Thank you again for your interest in Whimsical Woods. Maybe we’ll meet you at one of our 2015 arts and craft shows in Washington. Our spring and summer show schedule is almost set and will be on our website soon. http://whimsicalwoods.net

Visitors are always welcome to come by our studio, tho we suggest you call ahead.

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Gnome Home Project – Progress Report #3

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I’m making progress on the log gnome home now that the rain has stopped. This is a very large tree stump that I am making into a permanent garden gnome home. This past weekend, I  added windows with little ledges. I also worked on the porch, filling in the area with dirt and moss, etc. to landscape the front. Maybe I’ll add a path or two.

Lastly, I will add on a roof, center beam, chimney, etc. to give it a whimsical look from a distance and will complete the landscaping with plants to bring out the natural setting. I’m trying to hide the modular home in the background, which will be a little challenging.

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Gnome Home Progress Report #2

Old Tree Stump Gnone Home Project – Progress Report

Gnome Home Progress Report #2

In the process, I carved out the windows and installed a gnome door and porch. Can’t over do it, but our woodland gnomes let me know what they like. These same little guys are the ones who help me in the garden by catching snails. See the blog story, http://whimsicalwoods.net/garden-slugssnails-vs-gnomes-2/

so best keep them happy. :-)

I’m working on incorporating the little stump in front into a porch entryway and may build a fireplace on it. Plan to add circular steps up to the porch from the ground. We’ll see how that turns out. It has been raining too much in the last few days to push ahead. Keep checking back for further updates.

All in fun here at Whimsical Woods.

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Gnome Christmas

Gnome Christmas

The history of gnomes can be traced back almost 2,000 years. A gnome statue was discovered and carbon dated back Gnome Christmas1,000 years. I’ve read their origins are early Scandinavian and were certainly very religious in spirit and life style. With that said, one can assume the gnomes celebrated a form of Christmas and the important christian meanings. They do not have a bible, per say, but something called the “Secret Book” which is kept by the elder gnome and respectfully read and listened to daily. It contains the spiritual guidelines and meanings to many things. The celebration of Christmas and Thanksgiving must be referred to in this Secret Book. Just how, I do not know, but let’s assume, at one time, there was a very great gnome that inspired those who followed and was referred to in the Secret Book. Perhaps it is his birth that has become the gnome Christmas, like the birth of Jesus for us.

Truly a time of reflection, sharing and spiritual renewal. A celebration of families, friends and forest animals. Larger than normal special meals and songs for sure. As for gift giving, I think that they do share a special hand made gift. The gnomes are very crafty and seem most have a skill from which comes sharing a gift. There are no stores, nor likely money to use. What works for gnomes is pure sharing and exchanges as well as singing and dancing and words from the good book.

Have you ever found fancy wrapping ribbon in the woods on Christmas day? How do you suppose it got there? Likely our little friends pulled it out of the trash at night and had a merry time decorating themselves and dancing around. Oh, what fun! A gnome Christmas. One can only imagine the fun and excitement the little gnomes must have.

A Merry Christmas to all from the families here at Whimsical Woods. All is well!

Snow – Snow – Oh No!

RGS_3962Now that winter is here and the snow begins to fall and pile up, our little gnome friends become little kids. They have fun playing in the snow. I heard once they make snowmen to look like us and have a good laugh. While out in the snow, they wear boots with special soles to look like animal prints. This is a very clever way of fooling those who want to catch or follow them. You can look around the ground under a bird feeder for their little show prints. The gnomes will walk in circles, or steps on moss and bare twigs in order to disguise their travels.

And yes, they play in the snow on old bark or dried leaves as a sled. They will roll up a snowball and roll it down a little slope to make a sled run. Just like us humans, they play in the snow.

Home is always warm and cozy with a glowing fireplace and a warm cup of apple cider. Maybe a cookie or two.

So, look for little prints in the snow. A bird, rabbit or even deer tracks in the fresh snow. If you smell a little smoke in the forest, chances are it came from a warm gnome home’s fireplace.

All is well in Whimsical Woods.


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Bigger is Better!

Here at Whimsical Woods, we can custom make Garden Gnome Homes that can be made as tall as 6 ft. These large Gnome Homes are for outdoor garden settings that can be viewed from a distance, thus larger features. The large custom creations are usually picked up by the customer, or we can work out a delivery solution. The best visual effect is a grouping of three at slightly different elevations. Add in some large boulders/rocks, small cedar trees, ferns, etc. and you’ve designed a very attractive unique garden feature. The addition of low wattage, 12 VDC outdoor waterproof lighting really makes it all pop out at night. Very whimsical!

I enjoy talking to those who are looking to add a little something different and have a little imagination to get a picture in their mind of what it might look like.

The bigger the Gnome Home, the further away you can see it to enjoy.

All in fun for all.

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WHIMSICAL GNOME HOMES

IMG_7539One of a kind, very whimsical gnome homes for your indoor or patio setting.  Gnomes love a little whimsy in their lives and the Collectors Choice style will add that very unique gnome home for all to enjoy. Build a little scene on a table top and place house plants around it to set the scene and trigger one’s imagination. What you’ll end up with is a table top work of art!

These special Collectors Choice Gnome Homes are available for viewing in our studio and at the various arts and craft shows we will be attending in Washington State. Since these are one of a kind, they are not available on our website. But if you see one here you would like, please contact us to see if it is still available. We would also be happy to send you photos of what is on hand and we can then ship it out to you.

Have some fun – smiles will follow!


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Bird Nester's Hut

BIRD NEST MATERIALS

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When spring returns, and it will, the nesting birds will be out looking for and gathering nesting materials that meet their needs. Why not put up an attractive natural Bird Nester’s Hut and watch the birds pick through your recycled natural materials with a beak full. Made to be hung on a tree, barn fence, etc.

Just fill the “pouch” with natural materials from around the house. Preferred is dog hair, horse or goat hair, alpaca fur, strings of wool or cotton. Just be sure to use natural materials, not synthetics. When used in a nest, synthetics will become brittle and the nest will fall apart.

Bring some color and help the birds with the addition of a Bird Nester’s Hut, now available on our website, http://www.whimsicalwoods.net. The Bird Nester’s Hut is available with either a red roof or natural wood roof.

Gnome Doors & Windows


Gnome Windows and DoorYou may have seen those plastic faces from China that can be attached to a tree. Seen one, seem them all, in my opinion. If you have a few large trees and want to add a little imaginative humor to your yard, add one of our Whimsical Woods recycled, natural wood gnome door and windows. From what I have read, no respectable gnome family will have a plastic door and windows made in China! Just won’t happen in their world. :-)

All you need is an ordinary tree trunk and our gnome door and windows, and they will immediately add a bit of whimsy to the tree causing smiles and curiosity to all who see it. A big hit for the grand kids, for sure!

They are 100% recycled, old fence board and cedar shakes. That’s the beauty of them. Like our other Whimsical Woods products, no two are exactly the same.

I have a few locals who have placed theirs indoors on the floor next to their fireplace for the house gnomes. One gentleman said his cat lies in front of the door waiting for the gnome to come out. I’d love a picture of that!

These doors and windows are on our website (http://whimsicalwoods.net) for shipment throughout the country. They make an excellent simple gift that will surely bring smiles to someone special. Enjoy!