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 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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Gnomes at work

Winter Chores and Work

Gnomes at workThere is much to do during the dark winter nights. After a long sleep during the day, the gnomes must attend to their daily chores at night. Having very good and large eyes to help them see at night, there is no let up. Keeping the house fire going for warmth and cooking is top priority. One must haul in the dried wood and have enough for a whole day.

Once the chores are completed, the gnomes will head for the shop and special work area. Usually in a large old tree or under a very big boulder. It is in these shops the gnomes make all they need, from furniture, ceramics, tools, glass blowing and clothes making. Most winter nights are happily spent making these things. Sometimes other neighbors come to help if it is a big project. Some come just to visit and tell funny stories to pass the time. There is no “gnome mart” for them to shop so they must provide for themselves.

They are the true homesteaders I think. They work and oplay as a team. Everybody gets along with each other as one big family. Maybe we humans can learn something from our little gnome friends on how to get along better. I think in helping others, you are actually helping yourself a lot more. These are very smart little people we call gnomes.

All is well in Whimsical Woods


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.


Gnome Harvest, Giving Thanks

GNOME “GIVING THANKS”

Gnome Harvest, Giving Thanks


In the Fall, as the nights grow colder and the trees begin to loose their leaves, the gnomes begin their Fall harvest. They must prepare for the long snowy winter ahead while they can with the help of their forest animal friends. Much can be accomplished when done by many helping hands. The harvest is now completed and it’s time to celebrate and give thanks to all their fellow gnomes and forest friends. The gnomes call it giving thanks, as we call it Thanksgiving.

The main “Giving Thanks” feast consists of many simple foods from the forest and nearby humans’ gardens. The main meal most likely is made up of lots of nuts and dried berries, fruit, beans, peas, carrots, beets, potatoes and anything else they can find at this time of year. Gnomes do not eat meat, but do like milk and cheese. Lots of protein there! Gnomes also love beer and fermented berry juice.

During the big feast, there is, of course, a lot of good story telling and many laughs. It is a happy time in our Whimsical Woods around Thanksgiving for all of us and our happy gnomes. A little extra bird seed scattered around is my way of saying thank you to all our little helpers.

Happy Thanksgiving

The Gnome Family

The Gnome Family Starts

The Gnome Family

After the honeymoon is over, the new couple settles into their new home in the groom’s village. It takes some time and a lot of visits to meet everyone, but over a period of weeks, the new bride is welcomed by friendship and a lot of sharing.

Before you “gnome” it, a set of twins is born with great celebration and joy. I have read that years ago, the families were very large, but now days they are a lot smaller in size for some reason.

Raising the twins is a shared effort by both parents. The mom’s responsibility is to teach their daughter the knowledge of the home – cooking, cleaning and making clothes, etc. The father teaches the son the skills they will need as they grow up like building, painting, sawmill operation, ceramics, glass blowing and gardening. Both parents teach their little ones the care needed to help their forest friends. Helping the sick, mending wounds, feeding the hungry and giving comfort.

For 100 years, they’ll live as a family growing and sharing the joys of the gnome life. There is very little stress, disagreement, or bitterness in the gnome community. Everyone helps each other expecting nothing in return, but we know what one gives, comes back to you in much greater ways. We humans could learn a lot from these little people.Maybe that is why, when we see a gnome figure, we usually have uncontrolled smiles.

All is well here at Whimsical Woods.

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GNOMES SUPPORT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS!


Gnomes support Seattle Seahawks!Turns out, the local gnomes have come to be a very motivated group in support of our local Seattle Seahawks! They enjoy sports and games and the post-game celebrations, of course. They play a form of soccer they call Berry Ball.

Football is new to them, but they’re catching on. All in fun here at Whimsical Woods. Let the game begin. You just don’t “gnome” who will win Sunday, but GO HAWKS!!


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Gnome Eye Glasses

Gnomes are very talented crafters. We read of their excellent woodworking skills, but also in textiles, ceramics, metal, etc. Like


Gnome with eye glasseshumans, gnomes (who live to be about 350 years old) sometimes need glasses. Occasionally, you might find a gnome figure wearing glasses. Well, they surely do not go down to Costco at night and whip up a pair. Being the crafters they are, they likely have a gnome elder who specializes in making glasses for the local clan. This gnome might have a large selection of various broken glass, bottles, jelly jar lids, etc. from which to chose from and select a glass to be ground into a small pair of eye glasses. Using other, recycled small pieces of wire, they can construct the frames to complete the eye glasses. Gnomes usually sleep during the day, so little need for sun glasses, but possible.

It might be a very funny sight to see a small gnome with magnified glasses on causing his eyes to look like the size of golf balls. You see it with humans, so why not gnomes? If you happen to find a little pair around somewhere, now you “gnome!”

All in fun and all is well at Whimsical Woods.

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A “Choking” Gnome


Gnome in the artichoke patchFamiliar to garden gnomes are the very popular garden grown artichokes here in the Pacific Northwest.

Not only are they good to eat, but once the leaves are dried, they are used in many different ways around the gnome households. They can be used as a canvas on which they paint using forest stains and homemade paints. They can also be used as window shutters, light deflectors and even shingles on small wood sheds.

Gnomes have also found uses for artichokes as illness remedies. They are an excellent source for various vitamins and great tea. The gnomes mix artichoke tea with fennel seeds. I’ve read it helps flatulence. Oh yes, nothing worse than a little gnome running around the forest tooting its way along. :-)

The artichoke stalks are taken apart and the very stringy core is used to weave ropes for use around  gnome households. What is not used by the gnomes is saved for their deer friends. They seem to enjoy chewing the stringy stalks. Maybe it helps them also. Let a deer get into your garden and you’ll see. Best have a gnome-proof gate latch, if there is such a thing? Very smart, these little people and we love their company here at Whimsical Woods.

All in fun and all is well.

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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!