This Lighthouse Has Me Stumped

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When is a lighthouse not a lighthouse? When it is a tree stump carved to look like a lighthouse.

Tree Stump Lighthouse

Who says there is nothing to do in the winter in Sturgeon Bay, WI? This artist found something to keep busy. Tucked away on a side street just east of downtown, is a lighthouse, unlike all other lighthouses.

The lighthouse - carved from a tree stump - keeps with the nautical character of the town famous for shipbuilding.

The body of the stump about 10’ high was likely the remains of a tree that was taken down to remove it from interfering with the power lines above. The artist decided rather than remove the tree in its entirety to create this wonderful work of art for all to enjoy.

Next time you are in Sturgeon Bay, just go east out of town towards Memorial Drive. In addition to great views of the bay, you will find this cool lighthouse.


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Comments (11)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Joseph- how amazing!!!  I love seeing creativity like this!

May 29, 2023 07:41 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 - I am in awe by the artist's imagination! I never thought of a tree carved into a Light House. It must have taken a lot of time, patience, and sore muscles! But the tree carver succeeded!

May 29, 2023 08:03 PM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent information.Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed week.

May 30, 2023 01:10 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I love this idea! I have some stumps around my house. Hmmmm..

Carol Williams - a fun post for a possible Saturday mention?

May 30, 2023 05:06 AM
Carol Williams

Hey Kat Palmiotti 
As I commented below, I had my husband leave about 4 feet of stump. Then I put decorated birdhouses on them.

May 30, 2023 08:34 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Very cool!  When my husband cut down trees in our yard, I had him leave them about 4 feet high. Then I'd put a decorated birdhouse on top. That was fun.

May 30, 2023 08:33 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That's pretty clever use of an old tree, Joseph.  Looking at it, I would have never guessed.

May 30, 2023 08:29 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Joseph. A person of patience and creativity. Wow is all that comes to mind. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your day. 

Jun 03, 2023 05:02 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

How cool is this? I have seen stumps cared as wolves, as dragons, as wizards, but never as a lighthouse.

Jun 03, 2023 06:57 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

The likelihood of my ever visiting Sturgeon Bay is small. Given that...I am pleased to see the stump/lighthouse symbol of creativity.

Jun 03, 2023 02:55 PM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

How clever and very meticulous n his work. Does it have a working light and a loud horn as well?

Jun 03, 2023 06:00 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

That's pretty creative, Joseph, and no doubt a great deal of work to get all the details especially at the top.


Jun 05, 2023 11:41 AM