This 1/12 scale 2-story dollhouse is called, “Witch’s House.” A few miniature trick-or-treaters can be seen daring to approach the wrinkled witch. From the backside, the house is painted bright yellow, and looks cheery enough. But as you peer into the front door things start to get a little spooky. Joe built the witch’s house so that the roof hinges upward and the front walls swing out, displaying two sides of the tiny witch’s life.
Downstairs is the witch’s workshop, with vials of poison and potions on the shelves, and lit skulls on the table. Also, notice the poor, hapless trick-or-treater in a pumpkin suit, being offered an apple by the witch herself. Upstairs is the Witch’s well-cared for boudoir, filled with more delicate things and the comforts of home. The Witch’s house is replete with miniature details and furnishings, many of which were contributed by other miniature experts.
Retired marine Joe Haring was a sailor and a craftsman. He and his wife, Jan, shared a passion for building and furnishing miniature houses. Though often referred to as dollhouses, they are actually scale model stages built to showcase both the craftsmanship of the builders and the decorating skills of the collector. Typically built at a scale of 1”=1’, the various structures in the Haring collection include correct architectural details from staircases to gas meters, and even tiny accessories like fuse boxes. Many of the furnishings were made by other skilled craftsmen who specialize in building miniature furniture for collectors.