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Interesting Things To See In BC: The Home Of A Thousand Faces

Updated on February 4, 2014

Visit This Eccentric And Unusual Treehouse Home Located In The Middle Of An Upscale Resort Town

The friendly heritage towns of British Columbia nestled deep within the beautiful mountains of the Kootenays and the Columbia Valley are rich with community spirit, eccentric and entertaining characters, outdoor sports and culture, colorful history and lots of interesting things to see and places to visit.

I am writing this article in response to a photo/writing challenge and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share a few photos of, by far, one of the most unique and interesting discoveries from my many road trips throughout BC, The Home Of A Thousand Faces.

Driving through the beautiful resort community of Radium, BC, for a relaxing evening in the hot springs with the family, we spotted one of the most unusual sights smack dab in the middle of the upscale resort community. At first glance, all I saw was the overgrown grass, nailed up boards, a worn down truck overflowing with shrubbery, splashes of bright colors, and I was unsure what I was looking at. It looked like a cross between a country roadside fruit stand/treehouse/fort and then I noticed the intricately carved faces peering back at me from the odd structure, piquing my curiosity to pull over for a closer inspection.

Intrigued? Continue reading to learn more about The Home Of A Thousand Faces and to view my collection of photos that I snapped that evening of this whimsical weird home that in my humble opinion, is one of the most interesting things to see in BC, Canada for the locals, tourists and passersby to visit.

Image Credits: Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved.

All photos are the property of myself, Corrinna Johnson, and you do not have permission to copy or use these photos.

The Home Of A Thousand Faces

One Of The Most Unusual And Interesting Things To See In BC

The Home Of A Thousand Faces belongs to local resident and artist, Rolf Heer, otherwise known as the Radium Woodcarver, along with his friendly pet goats. The rugged mountain man is well known with the locals for his colorful and eccentric character, entertaining everyone with his delightful stories, love of nature and beautiful wood carvings. Originally from Switzerland, he now lives in Radium, BC Canada most of the year, while spending the winter months traveling abroad in South America, Asia and Europe.

Using recycled and salvaged materials, Heer remodeled an old motel he bought in the 70's into a unique and interesting structure resembling a treehouse. While a treehouse in the middle of a ritzy golf/ski town may seem a tad odd, what makes this even more interesting is the hundreds of beautifully detailed chainsaw carvings surrounding the entire property ranging from small driftwood carvings to giant over-sized chainsaw sculptures. His home has even been featured on the hit TV show, Weird Homes.

For a small fee, you can wander through his art shop and gallery which is overflowing with small to life-sized chainsaw sculptures of animal and people faces, flower planters made from stumps and hand carved wooden clocks, which are scattered among the different levels and tiers of the treehouse. You can even visit the goats very own "rooftop chalet" which includes a lush green meadow.

Judging by the hand painted lettered signs nailed to the front entrance of the home, it was clear that friendly visitors were welcome to browse and stop in for a visit. Unfortunately, he was not home that evening and we did not get to go inside. Perhaps he was on his daily evening stroll with his pet goats. I definitely plan on stopping here again the next time I am passing through in hopes of meeting the friendly artist and having the opportunity to browse through his art gallery.

A Hand Painted Enter Sign Nestled In The Trees Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
A Hand Painted Enter Sign Nestled In The Trees Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

A Hand Painted Enter Sign Nestled In The Trees

One Of The Featured Weird Homes From Around The World On The Weird Homes TV Show Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
One Of The Featured Weird Homes From Around The World On The Weird Homes TV Show Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

One Of The Featured Unusual Homes From Around The World On The Weird Homes TV Show

Amazing Tree House Home Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
Amazing Tree House Home Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

Amazing Tree House Home

One Of The Most Unusual Homes Around The World Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
One Of The Most Unusual Homes Around The World Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

One Of The Most Unusual Homes Around The World

Tree House Living In An Urban Community Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
Tree House Living In An Urban Community Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

Tree House Living In An Urban Community

Interesting Things To See In BC, Canada Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
Interesting Things To See In BC, Canada Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

One Of The Most Unusual And Interesting Things To See In BC, Canada

Unusual Home Design Of An Urban Folk Art Tree House Home Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
Unusual Home Design Of An Urban Folk Art Tree House Home Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

Unusual Home Design Of An Urban Folk Art Tree House Home

Chainsaw Sculptures And Wood Carvings Tree House Art Gallery Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
Chainsaw Sculptures And Wood Carvings Tree House Art Gallery Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

Chainsaw Sculptures And Wood Carvings Tree House Folk Art Gallery

Chainsaw Tree Stump Carving Flower Planter Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
Chainsaw Tree Stump Carving Flower Planter Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

Chainsaw Carving Tree Stump Flower Planter

Interesting And Weird Homes To See In British Columbia Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
Interesting And Weird Homes To See In British Columbia Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

Interesting And Weird Homes To See In British Columbia

Life-Sized Chainsaw Sculptures Engulf This Unusual Tree Fort Home Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
Life-Sized Chainsaw Sculptures Engulf This Unusual Tree Fort Home Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

Life-Sized Chainsaw Sculptures Engulf This Unusual Tree Fort Home

Browsing Through The Beautiful Oversized Chainsaw Wood Carvings In This Amazing Tree House Home Is One Of The Most Interesting Places To Visit In BC Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
Browsing Through The Beautiful Oversized Chainsaw Wood Carvings In This Amazing Tree House Home Is One Of The Most Interesting Places To Visit In BC Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

Browsing Through The Beautiful Over-sized Chainsaw Wood Carvings In This Amazing Tree House Home Is One Of The Most Interesting Places To Visit In BC

One Of The Top Things To See And Places To Visit In BC, Canada If You Enjoy Primitive Folk Art  Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
One Of The Top Things To See And Places To Visit In BC, Canada If You Enjoy Primitive Folk Art Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

One Of The Top Things To See And Places To Visit In BC, Canada If You Enjoy Primitive Folk Art

Interesting Things To See On A Road Trip Through The Columbia Valley Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
Interesting Things To See On A Road Trip Through The Columbia Valley Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

Interesting Things To See On A Road Trip Through The Columbia Valley

Wander Through The Thousands Of Chainsaw Sculptures And Wood Carvings In This Unique Folk Art Gallery And Museum  Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
Wander Through The Thousands Of Chainsaw Sculptures And Wood Carvings In This Unique Folk Art Gallery And Museum Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

Wander Through The Thousands Of Chainsaw Sculptures And Wood Carvings In This Unique Folk Art Gallery And Museum

Beautifully Hand Painted Life-Sized Chainsaw Wood Carvings Of Unique And Individual Faces Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
Beautifully Hand Painted Life-Sized Chainsaw Wood Carvings Of Unique And Individual Faces Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

Beautifully Hand Painted Life-Sized Chainsaw Wood Carvings Of Unique And Individual Faces

Unique Travel Destination And Interesting Place To See In BC, Canada  Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
Unique Travel Destination And Interesting Place To See In BC, Canada Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

Unique Travel Destination And Interesting Place To See In BC, Canada

Chainsaw Totem Pole Carvings Surround This Strange Tree Fort Home Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
Chainsaw Totem Pole Carvings Surround This Strange Tree Fort Home Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

Chainsaw Totem Pole Carvings Surround This Strange Tree Fort Home

Bright And Colorful Hand Painted Chainsaw Over-Sized Wood Carvings Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
Bright And Colorful Hand Painted Chainsaw Over-Sized Wood Carvings Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

Bright And Colorful Hand Painted Chainsaw Over-Sized Wood Carvings

The Unique Wood Carving Art Gallery And Tree House Home Are Interesting Things To See In BC Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
The Unique Wood Carving Art Gallery And Tree House Home Are Interesting Things To See In BC Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

The Unique Wood Carving Art Gallery And Tree House Home Are Interesting Things To See In BC

Interesting Things To See And Do In BC  Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
Interesting Things To See And Do In BC Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

Interesting Things To See And Do In BC

Love The Toothy Grin On This Giant Chainsaw Sculpture Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
Love The Toothy Grin On This Giant Chainsaw Sculpture Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

Love The Toothy Grin On This Giant Chainsaw Sculpture

Chainsaw Wood Carving Of Man Wearing Glasses   Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
Chainsaw Wood Carving Of Man Wearing Glasses Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

Chainsaw Wood Carving Of Man Wearing Glasses

Best Things To See And Do While On Vacation In British Columbia Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
Best Things To See And Do While On Vacation In British Columbia Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

Best Things To See And Do While On Vacation In British Columbia

Walk Among The Unique Over-Sized Chainsaw Carvings Scattered Throughout This Strange And Unusual Tree House Home  Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
Walk Among The Unique Over-Sized Chainsaw Carvings Scattered Throughout This Strange And Unusual Tree House Home Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

Walk Among The Unique Over-Sized Chainsaw Carvings Scattered Throughout This Strange And Unusual Tree House Home

Beautiful Flowers Are In Full Bloom In These Unique And Creative Tree Stump Flower Planters Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
Beautiful Flowers Are In Full Bloom In These Unique And Creative Tree Stump Flower Planters Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

Beautiful Flowers Are In Full Bloom In These Unique And Creative Tree Stump Flower Planters

Giant Cowboy Chainsaw Wood Sculpture Stands Guard At This Strange Home In BC, Canada Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved
Giant Cowboy Chainsaw Wood Sculpture Stands Guard At This Strange Home In BC, Canada Copyright © 2013 C. Johnson, Home Of A Thousand Faces, Radium BC. All Rights Reserved

Giant Cowboy Chainsaw Wood Sculpture Stands Guard At This Strange Home In BC, Canada

Learn To Make Your Own Wood Carving Sculptures - With One Of These Wood Carving Books

Bring life to a simple piece of wood with woodcarving tips and techniques from some of the best woodcarvers around in these information packed and illustrated how-to wood carving books.

Relief Carving Wood Spirits: A Step-By-Step Guide for Releasing Faces in Wood (Woodcarving Illustrated Books)
Relief Carving Wood Spirits: A Step-By-Step Guide for Releasing Faces in Wood (Woodcarving Illustrated Books)

A beginners guide to releasing wood spirits hidden deep within the wood with instructions from planning your design to adding the final details.

 
Tom Wolfe Carves Wood Spirits and Walking Sticks (Schiffer Book for Woodcarvers)
Tom Wolfe Carves Wood Spirits and Walking Sticks (Schiffer Book for Woodcarvers)

Tom Wolfe takes you on an enchanted journey of finding and step-by-step instructions for releasing magical wood spirits bringing them to life.

 
Carving the Human Face, Second Edition, Revised & Expanded: Capturing Character and Expression in Wood
Carving the Human Face, Second Edition, Revised & Expanded: Capturing Character and Expression in Wood

A very detailed illustrated guide on how to create realistic human faces focusing on the details of facial anatomy including skin texture and muscle tone.

 
Caricature Carving from Head to Toe: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Capturing Expression and Humor in Wood
Caricature Carving from Head to Toe: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Capturing Expression and Humor in Wood

Learn to carve quirky and humorous caricature characters from head-to-toe from any piece of wood.

 

Not Up For The Challenge Of Creating Your Own Wood Carvings? - Turn Your Yard Into An Enchanted Forest With Smiley Tree Faces

Go out on a limb and turn your trees into enchanted characters with cute and artsy tree face outdoor décor. It is said that wood spirits are hiding everywhere - in our trees, in washed up driftwood and even old, discarded scrap wood. Bring life to your trees and help release the friendly wood spirits that live among your homestead.

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Thank you for visiting my article on interestings things to see in BC! - I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on what you think of this weird home in

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      It definitely takes all types of folks to keep this old world spinning around. This is definitely one very special place to stop and take a peek at some unusual wood carvings.

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      jmchaconne 4 years ago

      This is a terrific lens. I especially enjoyed the spectacular wood carving images. Thank you for the effort you put in getting this lens together.

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      Digory LM 4 years ago

      Fascinating material. Thanks for sharing this lens.

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Bizarre. But cool!

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Brilliant lens and photos-He is some artist

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Brilliant lens and photos-He is some artist

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      What an excellent lens! Very interesting to learn about the home of a thousand faces and your photos are terrific. I love how the artist has pet goats, what could be more eccentric than that? Great read, thanks for sharing:)

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      Genesis Davies 4 years ago from Guatemala

      My uncle is friends with Rolf and took us to see his sculptures when I was a little kid! These are great photos.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      What fun! Looks like a great place to visit! Love your photos.

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      This is some amazing lens, some of those tree faces look alive, fabulous!

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      Rebecca Korpita 4 years ago from Gulf Coast

      Love it!!! Thanks for sharing.

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      June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Spectacular images. I have not been to Radium in years. It would surely warrant a visit one day soon.

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      Bob Zau 4 years ago

      Very Cool! If I get to British Columbia, I must visit.

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      See, this is why British Columbia is essential to keeping Canada from being too prim. : -) nowhere else has quite the same quirky approach to life and nature and art as our Wet Coast. Wonderful - love the tree faces.

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      You have to admit the guy is a real eccentric, who would imagine such a home in an upmarket neighbourhood? Got to admire the sheer gall of the man and the tolerance of the town planners and neighbours too.

      I would love to meet him to find out what made him do it and just to take it all in it is very imaginative.

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      beautiful lens, well done; thanks for sharing

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I have never been to Canada. Thanks for sharing your photos of The Home of a Thousand Faces!

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Wow! What an amazing tour of incredible faces.

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      This is fantastic! Great face carvings, love them all!

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      jolou 4 years ago

      I'm from Victoria, and have not heard of this place before. Your photos are excellent.

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      Blackspaniel1 4 years ago

      Maybe one day

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      Deb Kingsbury 4 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Wow, what a place! I enjoyed your photo montage.

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      Gardener Don 4 years ago

      I've driven through Radium many times and often wondered what that weird looking building was all about. I'll be stopping next time for sure now.

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      audrey07 4 years ago

      This is really an interesting home. With all those faces, no wonder the home is named as such.

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      Marika 4 years ago from Cyprus

      Wow! And Wow again! Living vicariously through your lens!

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      This is absolutely whimsical! I've never seen anything like this before and your pictures are excellent. Enjoyed my visit.

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      I love this kind of eccentric art. Thanks so much for sharing theses delightful carvings.