Built in the center of 60 spruce trees, the studio measures 12’x 84’. The main studio area houses a gallery and three work stations; while a small breezeway connects it to a separate bunk house. Due to the proximity of the trees the studio is set on concrete piers to avoid disturbing the roots. It is heated by a wood stove and electric back up. The vaulted ceilings are 14’ high at the peak, while the floors are wide plank Yellow Heart Pine. The many windows all around allow bountiful natural light to enter the studio. The steep steel roof and horizontal cedar siding add to the beauty and simplicity.
The trees are in and of themselves shelter; and the studio’s design was intended to sit humbly beneath the trees, drawing little attention to itself. The simple style I would liken to a rural agricultural Swedish vernacular, which has made the studio a sort of curiosity for those that pass by. The local farmers are puzzled by its long proportion, but it suits perfectly its function perfectly.