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

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Gnomes Love Snow

In sympathy and support of all of you on the frozen eastern part of the country, why not bring you a this snow gnome story of the past? This is from a Dec. 2014 blog story, but for many new viewers, and “likes” you might enjoy a gnome snow featured story and pictures.

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Now 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.

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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 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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Gnome Home Progress Report #2

Old Tree Stump Gnone Home Project – Progress Report

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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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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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Mr and Mrs Gnome

Mr. and Mrs. Gnome

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With the average age of 400 years for an adult gnome, the time for marriage is around 100 years old. The search for a girl may take the male gnome a long way from home. He travels via his favorite large goose that can easily carry him to other communities. I have read the boy gnome prefers plump womenfolk with nice round forms. Like us humans, the relationship starts with a careful introduction, small gifts and supervised time together. Just like us.(?) Next comes the introduction to the female’s parents and family, followed by her family’s visit back to his clan’s location to carefully inspect the home he has built with his male and female family and friends. The future father-in-law is the key inspector and judge. If all goes well, the wedding is planned.

At the stroke of midnight, under the bride’s birthday tree and in her mother’s family wedding dress, they are married. It is a small, but emotional wedding attended by close family and forest friends looking on from the woods.

A very festive dinner follows the wedding ceremony consisting of ripe nuts, fruit, greens, grains and of course beer and wine. Dancing is very important along with many stories and jokes. This all sounds like our weddings, doesn’t it?

The “young” 100-year old couple then heads out for a distant honeymoon trip, again using their favorite and  strongest animal friends for transportation and safe passage.

The beginning of a new life and many more stories to come. All is well here in our Whimsical Woods.

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Gnomes and Birds

BNH-redWe are seeing the return of song birds to our log bird houses here in our Whimsical Woods. Nest building is in full swing now. We’ve put up a few of our popular Bird Nester’s Huts around our house and enjoy seeing the birds pick out just the right type of material for their nests. It’s not too late though to get a few sent to you for your birds to start building their nest with. It is fun to watch! Note – the Bird Nester’s Huts come fully loaded with nesting materials.

I would not be surprised if a few gnomes snuck out at night to grab a handful of brightly colored yarn or wool to take to their home for a new set of slippers. You just never “gnome” what they’re up to.

The older birds will introduce the little ones to the kindness and help that the gnomes provide. Not uncommon for a group of crafty gnomes to help a little chick back into their nest if they were to fall out.

The gnomes tend to hurt birds and often share their seeds with them. Keep that birdseed coming for a little longer. A sign of good luck and fortune is having a new bird nest near your house.

Song birds and nearby gnomes are two very good things to have around your home. Add a gnome home and chances are they will be there. If you are smiling, they are already close by. That’s what happens.

All is well. Birds are singing and the sun is out here at Whimsical Woods.

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Gnoming When to Plant

Garden gnomes are reported to be excellent gardeners and caretakers. It is that time now, mid to late Spring, that we all look forward to getting the garden set with this summer’s fresh home-grown vegetables. Aside from forest mushrooms, the gnomes will look to help themselves to what the humans have planted. And they take great joy in catching those slugs.

Rabbits are their friends, so in they may come. Now the deer are also good friends with the gnomes and when they’re in the garden, they can eat way too much. So, the garden owner will probably overlook the slugs and work on the larger deer problem (tall fence and locked gate!)

After a long, cold winter, the gnomes are looking for fresh vegetables too. A fun gift from the gardener’s children is to lay out an extra carrot or two, maybe a few fresh greens and other Spring vegetables. Organic is best, but they’ll appreciate almost anything now. Make friends with your garden gnomes and they will return the gift and watch over your garden all summer.

Need a few little gnome garden homes around, just let us know. They’re on our website and we’d love to ship you one, or a few. They will be noticed and greatly appreciated.

All is well. Happy Easter to 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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