What does it take to grow your own furniture?


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Got some time on your hands? Good. Let’s talk about growing your next bar stool.

Though what you’ll need in order to get started is a pretty green thumb because homegrown furnishings like chairs, tables and stools can take up to one decade until fully completed.

Beginning as early as the late 1970s, some artists and environmentally minded folks caught onto the novel idea of training and grafting trees to shape as they grow. Thusly, through an intricate process that can require steps, such as accurate sapling planting and positioning, it was discovered that you can grow a chair or stool from root to finish.

And lucky for you, the secrets of the tree-training elite are available to you. Yes, you, too, can grow a tiny stool in just five short years!

Patience really is a virtue, isn’t it?

Nevertheless, if a stepping stool is not your cup of tea, perhaps you’ll want to take a stab at a more elaborate piece of “green” furniture, like the Pooktre chair. Planted in 1998 by Australian artists Peter Cook and Becky Northey of Pooktre Tree Shapers, this chair was a near 10-year journey of actively growing, shaping and grafting.

So, if you were looking to plant, let’s say, a coffee table or mirror stand, then Cook and Northey can provide you with step-by-step guidance on how to put a little Pooktre in your own backyard.

Lastly, although this piece originally began as an installation, artist Werner Aisslinger’s Chair Farm kit, complete with steel perforated frames serving as guides, lets a gardener shape and weave a growing vine into a useable chair.

In the end, regardless of what you want to grow, one lesson to be learned from eco-furniture is that a little bit of TLC goes a long way — that’s tree loving care, by the way.