The fairy houses we created as kids, using found wood pieces and complete with acorn “bowls”, are getting an upgrade thanks to British woodworker Ollie from Olliewood. A second generation woodworking hobbyist, Ollie creates a variety of wood items, but his whimsical fairy houses are what grabbed our attention. Using responsibly sourced logs, Ollie crafts unique abodes for enchanted creatures, and he gives careful attention to the details so that guests feel welcome and stay awhile (and, in our eyes, make for a suitable dollhouse alternative). The multi-storied houses are naturally hollow or are carefully hollowed out, preserving the natural lines and characteristics of the wood.
A sound and lighting engineer by trade, Ollie clearly has technical skill as well as a vivid imagination. The doors and windows of the fairy houses are carefully drilled and framed, with details including heart or diamond cut out decorations in the doors to entice little visitors. The interiors are just as carefully planned. There’s a brass wood burner and chimney to keep the fairies of the house cozy, solar powered lights to keep your fairies eco-friendly, and a larger door in the back so that you and your child can observe all the enchanted action. As the fairy houses are all bespoke, Ollie can add details such as a balcony, additional windows, a swing, or a thatched wood awning above the door. The fairy houses are available in two sizes (although Ollie will consider custom sizes), and you can even add in some sweet handmade and impressively detailed furniture or a hardwood welcome sign or name plate. Olliewood currently delivers to the U.K. only, but he hopes to ship internationally in the near future. In the meantime, you can peek through his gallery or take a look at his process for some inspiration.