Garden Elf Door

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Project by OttoH posted 05-29-2010 04:02 AM 3149 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well it is time to work in the garden once more so . . . here is my representation of a Garden Elf Door.

This door was built out of cedar fence boards and is held together by pegs, no screws, no nails, and no glue, it is 28 inches tall and has wooden hinges.

The Garden Elf Door is a magical portal from the Elf realm to ours. A Garden Elf is 1/3 the size of your typical human, so therefore the Garden Elf Door must be built on a 1/3 scale as well. There are a few rules that must be followed in order for the door to attract an Elf to your garden. The number one rule is that it must be completely built out of dry fit wood, this means no metal (this includes screws or nails), and you must not use any glue in the assembly of the door. Metal will interfere with the portal and any Elf worth their seed will avoid using a door with metal because the portal might not let them back into the Elf realm. Using glue is a sign to the Elf that you are willing to take short cuts and if you take short cuts in creating the door you more than likely will not have the type of garden that an Elf will enjoy working in.

Another important feature or features of the garden Elf door are the peepholes. These must be naturally occurring holes such as knotholes and spaced at the proper heights in the middle board of the door. The top knothole is at a height where the Garden Elf can look through the door and the bottom knothole is at a height where the Garden Elf’s pet can look through the door to see if anyone is around before they come out to the garden to help. In addition, the pull for the door must be a cloth grip that feels good to the garden Elf, they do not want to deal with hard knobs after a long stint working in the garden.

The Garden Elf has to be very careful of the statue clause, if a Garden Elf is seen by a human they must turn into a statue. They can get up when no one is around to tend the garden (this is usually at night), but when someone comes into the garden area they must return to the place they were spotted and resume their statuesque appearance. This is why it is best to set up the Garden Elf Door where they can get out of sight in a hurry if need be.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#1 posted 05-29-2010 04:12 AM

Great idea they look super

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#2 posted 05-29-2010 12:04 PM

Nice idea. I have never heard about the Garden Elf Door before.I will have to ask my mom if she has ever heard anything about the story of the Elf door. She has gardened all her life..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#3 posted 05-29-2010 03:29 PM

Very interesting!! Nice job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 05-29-2010 10:10 PM

very cool The elfs should feel honored by your attention to detail ,But they are still mischievous !

-- Radiuswoodguy

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#5 posted 05-29-2010 10:24 PM

Hey Otto, I didn’t know there were elves here in Katy! Looks like I need to carefully start picking some knotty wood so I can get some help. That’s a fun project, looks magical. Enjoyed the write-up too.

I just met another Katy LJ (Radu) a couple of weeks ago. We had a pretty good time talking woodworking. Might be fun to for us all to get together sometime.

-- Scott

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#6 posted 05-30-2010 03:37 AM

Thanks everyone for your kind comments.

Scott I believe that both OutPutter and marksalot2005 are Katy LJ’s as well. Gotta love living in a town named after a railroad, I used to have quite the model railroad set up years ago when I was living in Hawaii. We should see about a Katy LJ meet up, it would be fun to get to talk shop with other enthusiasts.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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