Watch out for splinters! Artist’s barking mad (geddit!) book-shaped house is carved and furnished entirely out of wood

Italian artist Livio De Marchi has spent years fashioning armchairs, umbrellas and even coffee pots out of wood to create a fairy-tale home fit for Pinocchio

It could be straight from the pages of a fairy tale, but this house in the clearing in the woods is definitely not make-believe.

Sculptor Livio De Marchi has spent his life creating unique pieces of work using just a hammer, chisel and his favourite types of wood to furnish his brilliant (if slightly bonkers) holiday home in the Italian countryside.

Every item in Livio’s house in Belluno – right down to an umbrella, a scarf, cutlery and napkins and even the stove – is crafted from the natural material.

Not-so-soft furnishings: Italian sculptor Livio De Marchi has created a holiday home made and furnished entirely out of wood (but you might need a cushion for that armchair)  Mark Edward Smith/Solent News/Rex Features

The 69-year-old Italian has spent years creating hundreds of individually carved books that line the shelves in the cottage, while perfectly chiseled coats can be seen hanging from the wardrobe.

The house also has a full-sized book-themed dining table, complete with crockery and a loaf of bread made out of… well, you can guess.

Chip off the old block: The house also features a full-sized book-themed dining table, complete with crockery and a loaf of wooden bread - yummy!  Mark Edward Smith/Solent News/Rex Features

Livio first worked with marble, then bronze, before moving on to wood and his unique works of art are exhibited in museums all over the world.

He said: ‘I have had so many ideas and dreams in my head and it’s great that I’ve been able to create everything that I’ve always imagined.

‘My favourite piece is the one that I will make tomorrow – I’m not interested in the work that I have already made – the best piece is always yet to come.

The house that Livio built: The wooden cottage looks like something from the pages of a fairy tale  Mark Edward Smith/Solent News/Rex Features

‘Wood has always been my favourite material. The wood is alive and has energy – and it gives me a lot of pleasure to be able to use it for my work.’ Barking mad: Luckily for Livio, the bed in the cottage is not made of wood, but he might want to bring a change of clothes - all the ones in the house are made of - you guessed it - wood  Mark Edward Smith/Solent News/Rex Features

But unlike the work that he creates, the tools Livio uses to create his masterpieces are refreshingly simple, comprising of around 100 different chisels and an old wooden hammer that is almost 50 years old.

He added: ‘I love my work. I always enjoy myself and like to make people happy when they see and appreciate it.’

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