The Lars family homestead, last seen in the newer Star Wars films, is one of the more iconic locations in the Star Wars universe. It's where Luke Skywalker's journey begins and, from a certain point of view, it's where Obi-Wan Kenobi's comes to an end.

Sadly, the set used in some of the films has just been left to rot in the baking desert sands of Tunisia. So a team of British volunteers, with the help of local builders, decided to try and fix the place.

Mark Dermul was in charge of the project, which over six days cleaned, restored and rebuilt much of the "homestead", and in a poignant touch flew out to the desert wastes on the 35th anniversary of the release of the very first Star Wars film.

Well, mildly poignant. This is the house used in the prequel trilogy. It's largely the same design, I know, but the original home from the 1977 film became dust in the wind long before the internet let foreigners organise restoration teams who can fly in and preserve nerd film sets.

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