Quite some time ago I mentioned to my husband that I thought it’d be nice to have a log pile with a heart in the middle of it, made out of thinner branches. I was inspired by the immaculate log piles in Switzerland, which are so neat and precise I can’t imagine they ever get used! But this was in the dead of winter, when being outside chopping logs for any longer than it takes to fill the log basket for the evening was rather unappealing. Plus, he thought it was a daft idea! So I was pleasantly surprised to find him constructing the log pile a few weeks ago. My ever-increasing girth has prevented me from taking more than an advisory role in the whole thing, so all credit goes to Oli. I think it’s beautiful!
Not content with the heart pile, he has now embarked on a round log pile design originating in Germany called a holz hausen (wood house). They are meant to be 10ft tall, and one holz hausen lasts the average German winter, apparently. As we don’t have enough logs for such a giant, we are going to have a mini version. The way it’s constructed means the logs season much faster, because the logs stacked on end inside the dome shape create a chimney effect, allowing air to circulate. It won’t get used for some time but again, I think it will look lovely. So far it’s only part-way through: I’ll post a picture of the finished article as soon as it’s complete!