Turning Trees into Furniture — the Elven Way

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
Nelson Henderson

I recently stumbled upon the following picture:

Source unknown, but similar image on https://www.gtgoodtimes.com/2019/03/05/man-took-10-to-12-years-to-make-furniture-out-of-tree-and-it-looks-amazing/

And I wondered — was this a naturally occurring tree? Some material that only looks like a tree? I didn’t know, but I think it should be possible to create something similar. If you have the time.

Suppose you grow a couple of trees (in case they do not develop as you’d like, you can transplant them later where you want to have them). Then you create some kind of transparent plexiglas or even glass construction in the form of a chair (or table) into which the stem and branches will grow. Then you give it time and adjust the branches and leaves from time to time.

I’m not sure, but it might work. A bit like the elves, shaping the trees around them as they want it. Would take ages, but could look … pretty cool.

Hmmm, after a little Googling — yeah, it’s done: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/business-33161109 or https://www.gtgoodtimes.com/2019/03/05/man-took-10-to-12-years-to-make-furniture-out-of-tree-and-it-looks-amazing/

Not as I imagined it (with transparent material and only for the outside), but as basis for wooden chairs.