They go by various names: little people, twig people, fairy folk, wee folk, or woodland creatures. Forest Folk. Are they just imagination, or does a whole society of little people live on the fringes of human comprehension?
When you see the personality these little nature art creations possess, you just might wonder. Each one is unique. Each one portrays individual personas.
First I started with the acorns and oak twigs, along with bits and pieces of other botanical items. Then I discovered the thrill of using our native clay, fired in the wood stove, to make some of their body parts.
Below is a pic of one of my favorites. The photo links to the page about this ensemble.
What are Forest Folk?
Forest Folk are a type of Nature Being. The exist in the liminal space between our world and the world of the Fae.
To the unbeliever, they’re just those fantasy human-like creatures that live within the world between pages of books.
Believers, on the other hand, think it is the folly and arrogance of man to believe that we humans are the only high-intelligence, thinking, speaking, and communicating creatures on earth.
Quite the contrary. There are entire civilizations and societies of other forms of life on earth who think and act like us in many ways. It’s just that these life forms have the uncanny ability to avoid humans when they want to.
Some of them really don’t like humans much.
Fairies, gnomes, dwarves, elves, pixies, trolls and sprites name a few of the more well-known types of Forest Folk.
Acorn, gumball and hickory folk are a few of the local species here at Wild Ozark. I’ve only recently become acquainted with the Acorn Folk and have yet to meet a Hickory Folk. Elemental Folk invoke of all the elements during their creation- wind, fire, earth, and water. These are the ones with body parts made from the native clay.
Forest Folk are Tricky
Forest Folk can assume temporary invisibility. They have a full-time corporeal existence but do from time to time like to cloak themselves when it comes to avoiding predators and humans.
Some of them can alter physical attributes at will. Like height or girth. It is sometimes useful in the course of a Forest Folk day to need that extra girth to lower center of gravity and keep from rolling downhill while carrying a heavy load, for example. There are times when being exceptionally tiny is useful. Or vice-versa.
All Folk (ourselves included) are part of the natural world. There is nothing that is not natural world when you get right down to it.
Types of Forest Folk
For every terrain on or within earth, and extended to the rest of the terrains in the universe there are Folk. Here on earth you’ll find desert folk, plains folk, city folk, subterranean folk, volcanic folk, mountain folk, ocean, lake, pond, river, and creek folk.
Some of the distinctions between the various types of folk is small to undetectable except among themselves. They’re even further broken down in to vocational classifications – kitchen folk, gardening folk, and any other vocational kind of folk you can imagine.
There are Spirit Folk, Animal Folk, Elemental Folk, and other types of folk I probably can’t even conceive. The possibilities are as endless as the Universe itself.
Relations with Humans
Some people are able to see and interact with Folk.
I’m more attuned to the Forest Folk, because I live in a heavily forested place where Nature and Spirit is alive and very present.
Want Your Own Forest Folk?
I make these to order. If you like any of the ones pictured, let me know and I’ll make another. It won’t be exactly like it, but very similar. I’ll send you photos of the finished product to make sure you’re happy with it.
There are some already finished and listed for sale at my Etsy shop and you can see them all in person whenever we do a craft show or set up at the farmers markets in spring.
You can see more of them by clicking the photo to go to my Etsy shop or by visiting this post where I have more photos of the Acorn Folk I’ve made so far.
Was this Post Fact or Fiction?
I’m a storyteller and artist, and things that exist in my mind don’t always exist in the minds of ordinary people. I think this is true for most creative people.
I’ve always operated with one foot in reality (as most people would define it) and the other foot somewhere else out there.
There’s no way to prove the existence of any of it. But I believe in a world of things that can’t be proven.