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Wood Spirits & Whimsical Houses (Larry S. Hochman)

Larry S. Hochman has been carving and building log furniture for the past 5 years. He is a self taught carver and builder whose love of nature and the great outdoors has fuelled his desire to use natural wood the way it was found.

He has built log furniture out of Willow & Oak and carving from Willow, Poplar and Cottonwood bark (which can be found along the shores of the Red River just after the spring flooding).

The Legend of the Wood Spirit

It goes by several names: Wood Spirit, Wild Man, Savage Man and Woodwose. Whatever you call it, the next time you are strolling through the woods, keep an eye out for one of these elusive creatures.

Most often glimpsed as a green man with leaves for his beard and hair, the Wood Spirit is said to be Lord of the Forest and Natural Things. Seeing one is said to be quite a lucky thing, and European villagers used to go out on regular hunts, hoping to find a Wood Spirit to foretell the future of their village.

They are extremely strong. Wood Spirits can tear an opponent limb from limb and can tame any wild animal, including ferocious dragons and skittish unicorns. At the same time, they are gentle with the maidens, children and men of good heart.

It is said that the forest will stand as long as the Wood Spirit remains to keep order. And if you're lucky enough to see one - health, happiness and good fortune will be yours. However, that does not happen often. Wood Spirits would rather see than be seen. Most sightings are by children or by the pure of heart.

When you take a Wood Spirit into your home, give it a place of honor. Include the Wood Spirit in the audience when you tell jokes (Wood Spirits have a delightful sense of humor). If you do these things, your Wood Spirit will bring his gentle wisdom, humor and luck into your home.