Sunday, 31 March 2013
Saturday, 30 March 2013
This article appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of Reforesting Scotland magazine...
Sometimes the most profound ideas are best embodied in the smallest of packages. Authenticity is the key, and the lovely Woodman’s Hut at Nethy Bridge has it in abundance. Every detail of this beautifully simple building has been created with warm-hearted consideration for the wellbeing of the people who spend time there, writes Karen Grant.
Occasionally a building welcomes you with the warmth of the good hearts that built it. This is true of the Woodman’s Hut, built by David and Valery Dean in three acres of woodland near their well-loved hostel, The Lazy Duck. The Woodman’s Hut was built as a retreat for one or two people, just a short walk from their cosy and characterful eight-bed hostel. The Deans enlisted talented local craftsmen Rob Clarke and Dave Robson to do the construction, and the finished cabin shows the care and creativity of all the people involved.
One snowy afternoon in January, I visited Nethy Bridge to meet David in the hut at the edge of pine woodland looking directly up to Cairngorm and Bynack More.