Have you ever heard of pooktre art? Up until a few days ago, I hadn’t either. But a quick search for unique and interesting ways to make extra money led me down a rabbit hole where I discovered an entire subculture focused around the growing–and shaping–of trees.
What is Pooktre?
Very different from arborsculpture (it involves shaping rather than carving), pooktre is the art of gradually shaping trees along predetermined designs as they grow. A true labor of artistic expression, horticulture and love, pooktre is a method that has been perfected by Peter Cook and Becky Northey in Queensland, Australia.
A derivative of tree shaping pioneer Axel Erlandson, pooktre is a painstaking process of developing everything from tables to chairs to sculptures from trees that can take 7-8 years to complete each piece of furniture (smaller art pieces such as sculptures can be completed in less than a year). Because of the intricate nature of the process, pooktre is more of a technique and therefore, even the most unique looking pieces can be replicated.
Show me the money
Considering the obvious investments of time and energy that go into every single piece of pooktre art, it’s no surprise that the pieces can fetch upwards of $5,000 each. Most importantly, you can apply the pooktre technique to grow many more things in addition to furniture. These items include frames for photos and mirrors, jewelry and garden decor.
If you’re looking to learn the art of pooktre and begin to develop your own living works of functional art to enjoy or sell, you can read more about the process and Peter and Becky by visiting them at Pooktre Tree Shapers. There you can also purchase their step-by-step how-to book for $32.
If you’re not willing to spend the time or effort that creating pooktre pieces requires, there are still plenty of ways to cash in from creating art out of Mother Nature’s treasures. From making furniture from fallen logs and branches in your backyard (have you ever seen one of those small tables that looks like firewood is holding up the glass?) to creating inks, dyes and even fabrics from various plants, there are hundreds of ways to cash in big from the natural elements you are surrounded with. With a bit of creativity and hard work, you could be on your way to developing your own natural products empire!
Good Luck, Penny Hoarders!