Wood Piles Gone Wild, Part 2

Last year, we shared some of our favorite creations of creative wood stackers with you, and the response was overwhelming. Here’s this year’s around-the-world look at the artistic possibilities of a winter woodpile!

 

Twenty feet and counting

Type the words “stacking wood in a circle” into Google images, and you’ll see this image repeated hundreds of time. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “this woodpile is getting to be taller than I am,” you’ve now officially got a something to use for comparison. (source)

 

Traditional German stacking

The circular design of a Holz Hausen woodstack is still many Germans’ favorite way to stack and cure firewood. These examples, which seem to have sprung up in the center of an enchanted wood, take the traditional design a few whimsical steps farther. (source)

 

Swedish ingenuity

If you’re searching the internet for “wood storage racks,” you’re likely to find lots of sleek and stylish metal options. But this unit is something special. The idea comes from Swedish design firm Studio St. Paul, and it offers a great way to keep firewood handy while keeping those cozy-night essentials nearby with built-in crates. (source)

 

Those clever English gardeners

At the Royal Horticultural Society’s biannual Malvern Show, this arched garden entrance uses logs of varying size in a metal framework. (source)

 

Montana masterpiece

Every year, the residents of Monarch, Montana, wait to see what Gary Tallman will create for the woodpile mosaic on his farm. Each year’s creation takes him up to 20 hours to arrange and stack. But the beauty is fleeting, as these artworks are made of the fuel that keeps his family warm all winter. (source)

 

Kiwi creation

New Zealanders bring energy and artistry to their wood stacking. This example was snapped on the settlement of Denniston on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. (source)

 

Swiss perfection

Travel blogger Julie Paterson, a native New Zealander, often spends her summers in Switzerland. There, she captures many images of precisely crafted woodpiles. “Their wood stacks are just so perfect, it looks like they have got a degree in wood-stacking,” she says. “I couldn’t stack 100 cans of baked beans nicely, let alone a pile of odd-shaped pieces of wood – so I could never be Swiss.” (source)

 

New England’s finest

Elwood Shaler had been stacking wood for 75 years when writer and documentary film producer and director Adam Harrison Levy interviewed him about his wood piles, which are said to be the envy of the New England valley where Shaler lives. In this example, a wood stack is suspended between two trees. (source)

 

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