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 in progress

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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Val Jackson

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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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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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!

Garden Slugs/Snails vs. Gnomes

Garden Slugs vs. Garden GnomesGarden Slugs/Snails vs. Gnomes

Several years ago, I wrote about the real truth in catching garden slugs/snails. It is that time of year again that we find those hungry little slugs after our now ripened red strawberries and tender lettuce. The story of how the garden gnomes work this dilemma is worth repeating for our newest readers.

Growing up in New York suburb of Yonkers, my parents always planted a large vegetable garden each year. The slugs were plentiful and caused a lot of frustration and damage. Rather than use harmful poisons, my mother would fill a little tin or saucer with fresh beer. My grandfather was the founder and partner in the Yonkers Brewery on Chicken Island, famous for the Yonkers dark stout. The brewery was called Jackson Brewing. Anyway, we always had fresh beer to fill the tins to drown the slugs.

Well, I’ve since come to realize that the slugs were not in fact drowning, but the garden gnomes were drinking the beer on a nightly basis and whacking a few slugs to leave in the new empty tins. Humans thought the snails drowned, so out went more beer and back came more dead slugs and snails! the gnomes drank all the beer and gathered up the slugs. The end results were the same – less slugs/snails and a lot of happy gnomes!

So, when you go out in the morning and see a tin of slugs, but the beer is gone, the mystery of over. Where did the beer go? A few happy, sleeping gnomes with maybe a little headache, but looking forward to another night’s adventure in your garden. The garden gnomes whacked the slugs and drank the beer!


They are very small, but very clever. Happy garden gnomes are the key to a successful garden. All in fun and all is well in the Whimsical Woods.

Gnome Homes, Collectors Editions


Collectors Choice Gnome HomeI am always looking for new, imaginative gnome homes to tweak imaginations and bring smiles to many faces.

The Collectors Edition is a new use of old and very oddly shaped pieces of logs that can be sculptured into a very different style of gnome home. These are a lot of fun for me to make. I start with firewood (before it hits the burn pile) and take it from there. These were destined for a fireplace, but now will be a special gnome home!

No two are the same, that’s for sure. What you have, no one else will have. I’ve been told they remind people of the story of “The Little Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe.”

The ideal setting for these, I suggest, is on a window level table. Find two or three house plants of various heights and create a little forest around the gnome home. The idea is to blend the gnome home into the wood like setting. What you are now doing is making a living art piece on your table! The scene can be changed, added to, moved to a new location and certainly feel free to add a couple gnomes! :-)

Placing them outside is okay, but likely to get lost in their surroundings. In my opinion, best to locate them inside and put it where you and others can view it up close. It will surely attract attention and smiles.

These Collectors Choice Gnome Homes are not available on our website as they are all one of a kind. We’ll have them at our various art shows in Washington and our local Sequim Farmer’s Market. If visiting the area, call us (360-452-7308)  and arrange a time to come by our Whimsical Woods to select the Gnome Home just right for you.

Shown here are a few examples of our Collectors Choice Gnome Homes. We have many to choose from.

All in fun, all is well.

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