Australian artists Peter Cook (Pook) and Becky Northey shape living trees into sculptures, growing chairs and tables and mirror frames, even candelabras and people trees. Their partnership, Pooktre Tree Shapers, uses wild plum and black cherry for their art, which takes as long as 8 to 10 years to grow for the bigger pieces.
Some of them stay alive in their garden and others are harvested when done. You can even collaborate with Pooktre to grow a piece for you in their garden or they can help you with one in yours.
Pook had the idea for growing a chair from willow in 1986, but the idea didn't really take root until about 1995, when he started working with suckers from wild plum trees. His partnership with Becky became Pooktre, and the couple has been growing sculptures from trees ever since.
Pooktre has shown their work at the World Expo in Japan in 2005, and are working on a book that shows others how to shape trees for furniture and art.
For more information or to contact the artists, visit the Pooktre website. Maybe you'll be inspired to start shaping your own trees or have Pook and Becky grow one for you.