Samar is the third largest island in the Philippines with a rich history and a terrain of mountains and valleys bordered by white sand beaches. It’s beauty and natural wonders, barely discovered and explored – rain forests, stunning waterfalls and streams that flow through rivers unto seas.
Magnificent caves and rock formations not found anywhere in the world, are wonders the locals may not so much rave about for they themselves become part of such an exotic and beautiful nature that God has preserved.
Most families near rivers, waterfalls, along seacoasts and the smaller islands build houses on stilts. These high structures are prevented from high tides and flooding from heavy rains. These are primarily built from nipa (palm leaves), indigenous wood, coconut, and bamboo. We call them nipa huts.
On our recent family trip to Samar, memories of childhood came to mind…
When I was very young we used to live on a house on stilts. The area was aptly called “Little Venice” in Laoang, Norther Samar. Shaky bamboo and wood bridges connect the houses. Almost each family owns a row boat called “baluto”. At night the little houses looked magical with the dark skies lighted by stars and the waters reflecting the flickering lights from the houses on stilts.
In this post, I am featuring one of my latest creations a tiny lighthouse on stilts.
This product has been featured at http://inhabitat.com and at A Green Living.
Tiny “Little Lighthouse”
House measures 2.75″ x 2.75″
with the bridges and stilts, the structure measures 4.5″ x 4.5″ x 13″ high.
Painstakingly handcrafted from indigenous, recycled, sustainable, and natural materials. Bamboo, palm leaves, roots, coconut shells, grass tubes, plywood and wood scraps, and recycled placemats are the main components of these miniatures. Waterproofed and finished in artist-painted nature hues.
Amazing details to resemble as close as possible to a real stilt house have been crafted, such as bamboo moldings, woven bamboo and abaca walls, and palm leaves veins were used to make the slotted windows. Windows and door can be opened and closed. The intricate steps and bridges are tied and connected by natural abaca strings.
The roof is detachable to accomodate a candle lamp or a small lighting fixture.
Miniature boat that floats… measures 1.5″ x 1.5
The house and the boat are coated with resin to withstand water in an aquarium setting.
I painted this landscape impressionistic style to create a natural setting for this little lighthouse.
18″ x 24″ Acrylic on Canvas
Lyn Deutsch 2012
the painting in the background, the house and the boat on a mirror floor – the effect is stunning!
Take a glass vase or a small aquarium, the miniature lighthouse, and a few branches with leaves…
Add some tiny fishes and a small hook-up aeration pump (available at Java Petshop) and you get a beautiful underwater view of live fishes and the soft hum of flowing water.
a unique and beautiful table accent…
a night lamp at your bedside that can take your imaginations to an exotic paradise!
“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”
Please watch this video to the end for more Philippine Miniature Houses:
Philippines Tiny “Little Lighthouse”
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