Architect Roald Gundersen doesn't look at trees the way the rest of the world does; rather, he sees entire banisters, walls and supports. The manipulation of trees during their growing process is a key part of his work, and I have to say, it's quite a job with some seriously cool results.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel did a mention on Roald Gundersen and his building process. Rather than milling down the wood, he removes the bark and uses the tree as a whole in his structures. It's easy to think "log cabin" with this idea, but the results speak for themselves.
Ronald and his team bend and form the trees as they grow to give them strength and diversity. Instead of tall sticks, they now have curved, slanting and tilting trees that are perfect for becoming the base to a roof, or your next balcony railing. Read the full article over at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online and don't forget to check out the slideshow.
(Image: Mark Hoffman for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)