Designer and builder Jacob Witzling’s handcrafted cabins have a dreamy, fantastical quality that makes them truly one-of-a-kind.
“I get my design inspiration from cabins of the past, from the world of fantasy both in movies and books, and in that childlike part of my imagination that I’m continually trying to preserve,” says Jacob Witzling.
In his last two years of high school in New Hampshire, 16-year-old Witzling lived in a 1920s cabin that was tucked away in the woods near his parent’s house. “I’d do laundry, shower and have dinner there before finding my way back to where I really lived,” he says. “Inside was a wood stove that I fed and stoked through the harsh winter nights. I had my freedom and my fire. They were all I needed to be happy.”
Fifteen years later, at 22, using scraps scavenged from construction sites and upcycled lumber, he built his very first cabin for just $800—and lived in it for the next three years. To date, Witzling, who is now 35, has built five one-of-a-kind cabins, and is currently driving his latest creation—a truck cabin—around the United States with his life partner, model and actress Sara Underwood.
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