Fairy Woodland is a fairy-themed studio/worshop located on the Central Oregon Coast in Toledo, Oregon.
Situated on 23 acres of woods, streams, meadows, ferns, fruit trees, and blackberries, the Fairy Woodland workshop is the home John Curtis Crawford who creates miniature houses, woven with branches and set with stone, to offer hospitality to the Fairy Folk. John’s wife, Bridget Wolfe, a teacher, writer, and storyteller is an avid gardener who creates miniature landscapes for the Fairy Houses.
The enchanted world of Fairy Woodland, which the Fairies call Woodland Springs, offers a variety of fairy-inspired products, including miniature fairy structures, photos, prints, calendars and cards. Every product in the Fairy Store is handmade in their workshop in Oregon, created with materials from nature, and designed to provide a real home to real Fairies. Each habitat is individually hand-made in compliance with Fairy Construction Codes.
According the their website, “After the house has been created, Bridget Wolfe sits with the house to hear its tale. Sometimes the house whispers, sometimes it shouts but, because the wood, stone, and sand all have voices, there is always a story to be told.”
Bridget further explains, “When I meet a new Fairy House, I feel as though I’ve been invited to be present at a birth and given the honor of celebrating the naming ceremony. As the house and I get to know each other, it invites me in and I find myself wandering the landscape of the Otherworld and meeting the Fairies ho inhabit it. Sometimes the word picture the house wants painted revolves around the geographical place in Faerie where the house lives. Other times, the story is taken over by a Fairy who lives there.”
“Life begins with an open and unlimited imagination. We invite you see with your imagination – and give yourself permission to believe what you see. The world is alive, Fairies are real, and they peek out at us from every Earth place that remembers the wild. Let the Fairies take your imagination by the hand and lead you to the threshold. On the other side, there is magic.”
The Fairy Woodland is the home to some special forest sprites, including:
- Leaf: the guide to the Fairy Store.
- Sarafina: (tickle her with your cursor and she’ll flash you her star).
- Ferned: She’s a genius at creating enchanting habitat designs for our Fairy friends.
- Cedar: He’s swings back and forth on the website’ home page clock pendulum.
- Khlo: The elf in charge of furniture. He is careful to create each of these pieces by hand according to the guidelines set down at the Fairy Craft Hall.
- Winter Shade: A fanciful creature made of light and shadow, most easily spotted in the silver glow of the full moon, sitting on a mushroom. Favorite habitat is anywhere mushrooms grow.
- Fir Bear: He was found hiding in a Douglas Fir tree in the Fairy Grove.
- Huckleberry: He does a great job of keeping track of information. Both Fir Bear and Huckleberry are found in the drop down menus on the Fairy Woodland website.
One of the charming offerings on their website are the links to the bedtime stories where visitors can listen for free to audio tracks narrated by Bridget Wolfe as she shares short stories about Fairies.
For those interested in learning more about the Fairy Realm, you can join the”Fairy Gateway Fellowship,” a gathering place for The Enchanted World of Fairy Woodland where Fairies and mortals exchange thoughts, ideas, theories, and stories, a place to meet others who are intrigued by the magic of Faerie.
IN addition, Fairy Woodland offers Fairy House making workshops for those with the desire to learn how to build their own fairy homes so the fairies can take up residence in their garden or house. Students gather twigs, stones, and sand, and bring the materials back to the studio and fashion a house.
The folks at Fairy Woodland have also created “Gateways to Faerie” (2010), a 2-set DVD feature-length documentary that answers the question, “What are faeries?” and offers instruction on how to build your own Fairy House in Fairy Woodland style.
But first, you must keep this in mind, “If you’re on a quest to find fairies, there are many paths to wander. But there is only one rule. Allow yourself to go back to the place in your childhood where everything you believed was true and filled with wonder.”
Currently, access to the Fairy Woodland studio is by appointment only. The larger, collector’s pieces they build are available through a local gallery, about 5 miles from their studio.
In the near future, however, there are plans to build a Fairy Village in the woods on their land where people can wander through and commune with the Nature Spirits. Construction is set to begin in October of 2014.
PO Box 3
Toledo, OR 97391
8313 Yaquina Bay Rd
Newport, OR 97365