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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Artist Builds Awesome "Magical" Timber Homes (Video)


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Image credit: Shwood Eyewear

Whether it's a tiny, off-grid home for $2500 or DIY Appalachian Gothic architecture from recycled pallet wood, unconventional, natural homes are often as much about personal expression as they are sustainable building. And that certainly holds true of the incredible, fantasy-like structures build by one Washington artist/home builder.

Inspired By... SunRay Kelley from Shwood Eyewear on Vimeo.

Produced as part of an "Inspired By" video series sponsored by Shwood Eyewear, the work of natural builder SunRay Kelley is certainly like no other green building I've seen before. Created from natural materials and timber found in and around the build site, SunRay sees the natural world as both inspiration and hardware store:

Growing up in the wild hills of the Pacific Northwest, it seems like SunRay was always building something. His favorite source of inspiration and materials is the woods around him, "God's Hardware Store" as he calls it. When working on a project it is not uncommon to see him pick up a saw and head off into the woods looking for the right piece of wood to present itself. If he says anything, he'll mumble "I'm going shopping."

Sure, much like low-impact living in communal woodland, I doubt that SunRay's approach is likely to become the mainstream of green construction anytime soon. But while it may be in the eye of the beholder, beauty is still a crucial part of sustainability. SunRay Kelley has beauty down, as far as this beholder is concerned.