The Living Tree Art of Arborsmith Studio - Atlas Obscura

Williams, Oregon

The Living Tree Art of Arborsmith Studio

Explore the private botanic garden of arborsculptor Richard Reames.

Self-titled arborsculptor Richard Reames grows and shapes tree trunks using the ancient arts of grafting, framing, bending, and pruning. Reames believes that his living arborsculptures could one day replace many of the things that trees are typically killed to make. Gazebos, tables, chairs, spiral staircases, benches, entrance arches, bridges and fences represent just a small portion of Reames’ imaginative vision of a world built entirely of living trees. Author of two books on the subject, Reames teaches and lectures worldwide.

This Obscura Day, Reames is welcoming guests to Arborsmith Studio to share the techniques he uses to create living sculptures out of trees. He'll be giving tours of his private garden where he has over a dozen arborsculptures, over 20 years in the making. Highlights include two trees growing into one, a living treehouse, chair, bridge, and cathedral entryway to name a few.

RSVP is highly encouraged.