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A Lord of the Rings-mad woodshop artist spent thousands creating a ‘Hobbit hole’ from an old shed in his backyard — and he claims he’s determined to finish it in 2022.
Ali Hughson, 48, has been a fan of JRR Tolkien since his father read the books to him as a child and has continued the proud tradition of watching the trilogy with his own children.
But last year, the IKEA worker decided to take his fandom to a much higher level and spent £2,000 renovating a rundown shed in his garden into the perfect Hobbit Hole to create wood-burning art in his spare time.
Grandad-of-one Ali spent six months building the two-metre-tall shed which even features the iconic round green door made famous in the Peter Jackson films as he said he wanted to create something ‘unique and special.’
But despite living the dream of having his own LOTR hideaway — Ali told the Daily Star that the work is still not finished.
The iconic Hobbit hole in Ali Hughson’s back garden (Image: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS)
The part-time artist of The Woodart Workshop said: “I’m hoping to finish the inside soon, maybe I’ll get out there in the summer to turf the roof and plant flowers.
“It’s been a great workspace for using some of my tools. A lot of my art is woodwork based, I make wood furniture or I burn pictures into the wood.
“I’ve always wanted to have my own Hobbit hole. I’m a huge fan of the trilogy and the fantasy genre as a whole.
“My old shed was falling apart so I thought, why not make something unique?”
The dad-of-two previously told the press that his sons Joe, 23, and Jamie, 13 were wowed by his creation.
Ali Hughson spent six months creating the workshop but claims there is still more to come this summer (Image: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS)
He told the Daily Star that he recently revisited the J. R. R. Tolkien’s fictional world of Middle-earth, Mordor in a movie marathon with his youngest.
But recently, the bloke from South Queensferry, near Edinburgh, also wowed fans in a Facebook group called ‘Home for Peculiar’ artists where he showed peers ‘where I create my art.’
One fan said: “Everything about this post made me smile.”
Another added: “Absolutely amazing.. I mean there are studios where you can create, and then there is your Hobbit Hole.. how awesome is that!”
Ali created the Lord of the Rings themed workshop to create his woodart (Image: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS)
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A third wrote: “Ok, I’m moving in. See you soon!”
Explaining his process previously, he said: “It’s a timber-framed building, we started off by putting posts into the ground and putting a level bedding on it.
“We then used low-cost wood for the cladding and spent weeks sanding it down. It took some figuring out how to install the door, but it wasn’t tricky as first thought.
“We started with an octagon shape framework then I bent the wood round to make the circular frame. It was a relief when I realised it would fit.
Ali Hughson working in his Hobbit hole (Image: Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS)
“Now we just need to put some grass on the roof and install a log burner. It looks really small at the front, but it’s got an extra metre at the back.
“We’ve slanted the roof so it’s got good head height in it, it’s certainly not just for hobbits. It’s about two metres high, and two to three metres in width. It cost around £2,000 all in.
“I do most of my work in there now. My neighbours love it, they watched me build it from scratch.”
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