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Arborsculpturist Richard Reames has spent the past 16 years making more than 100 sculptures, chairs, pieces of furniture, tool handles, mailboxes, and fences out of living trees.

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  In 1947, a kooky Swede by the name of Axel Erlandson opened an arborsculpture amusement park called the “Tree Circus” in the Santa Cruz mountains.  Photo by: John Clark
    In 1947, a kooky Swede by the name of Axel Erlandson opened an arborsculpture amusement park called the “Tree Circus” in the Santa Cruz mountains.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  Richard Reames, next to one of his custom creations.  Photo by: John Clark
    Richard Reames, next to one of his custom creations.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  The outstretched arms of a pear tree cradle an old window frame.  Photo by: John Clark
    The outstretched arms of a pear tree cradle an old window frame.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  The stages of the Fab Tree Hab are shown.  Photo by: John Clark
    The stages of the Fab Tree Hab are shown.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  Two branches of a 20-foot-tall poplar spiral around one another.  Photo by: John Clark
    Two branches of a 20-foot-tall poplar spiral around one another.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  After being held in position for a few years, this ash tree will cast a new shape.  Photo by: John Clark
    After being held in position for a few years, this ash tree will cast a new shape.

    Photo by: John Clark

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