Looking for something to spice up your backyard? Tired of dragging out those rusty old lawn chairs to relax in on a breezy summer's day? Got a decade to spare? If so, maybe you should consider growing your own tree-furniture.
That's exactly what Australian artists Peter Cook and Becky Northey have done for years: with great patience, they literally grow furniture in their yard. They call the art of shaping growing trees into functional tables and chairs or fascinating sculptures Pooktre, and they've been at it since the mid 90s.
Cook had the idea to start growing furniture in the 1980s, but wasn't able to realize his vision until he got started using malleable black cherry and wild plum trees. After cementing a partnership with Northey, he set about shaping still-growing trees into things like whimsical stick figures and winding, elaborate thrones. The process can take years, with some of the more ambitious works taking up to ten years.
It's truly remarkable, eye-catching living art. And you can do it in your own yard, too. If you contact Cook and Northey, they can provide you with step-by-step guidance on how to do Pooktre at your home. They seem confident that with a little direction and dedication, anyone can successfully grow tree furniture. Or, you can have the artists grow the pieces in their huge garden until it's ready to be transplanted (this option might be more difficult if you don't live in Australia). Either way, you could have yourself a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind lawn chair?and one hell of a conversation piece.
Head over to the Pooktre website for tons of photos and more information.