January 5, 2010

Logging Antiques and a Shack my Family Built

Eighteen years ago, my family built a small building on our property in the Columbia River Gorge. We salvaged flooring from a nearby house and used wood from a fir tree on our property to construct the the one room, 180 square foot building. At first, we intended to use the building as a sauna, however its single layer wood walls held heat like a pair of wet cotton gloves. For the better part of the next two decades, the building housed my grandmother on her frequent visits, numerous middle school sleep overs, teenage debauchery, and most recently, my mom’s shit.

Upon returning home for the holidays in mid December, I undertook the project of clearing out the building and setting it up with some antiques and furniture. Inspired by Skamania County’s logging heritage and the rugged nature of the building I decorated the the walls with old logging equipment and camping gear as an ode to the logging camps that once occupied the surrounding woods.

Paul Bunyan?

I love augers.

This basalt column acts as a step and a reminder of the building’s close proximity the area’s iconic basalt formations.

These old gas cans were used on Jeeps during the second World War and since have been adapted to all sorts of applications including carrying water and fuel throughout the world. The raw steel shows through wear in the red paint, resembling the worn teeth of the eight foot saw blades.

My mom bought the Coleman Lantern at the Catlin Gabel Rummage Sale a few years back. The Yellow newspaper can visible in the lower left dates back to the 50s.

These tripods were originally used for surveying equipment and large format photography. My mom and I plan on converting them to lamps. I like the 50′s aluminum helmet on the raw fir.

Despite my affinity for vintage clothing and Americana antiques, my furniture taste lends itself to modern Scandinavian design. The juxtaposition between the old logging axes and raw wood of the building and the Scandinavian couch works for me.
As my college career quickly winds to a close, the immense prospect of spending less and less time in the place where I grew up hangs in my mind like lingering email that I need to respond to. This building will serve as a reminder of my rural roots on the few days a year that I will be able make the three-thousand mile trip back to the Northwest.

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23 Comments



  • Dana
    January 5 , 2010

    beautifully done, and a Happy New Year to you.


  • Speedmaster
    January 5 , 2010

    Fantastic, that place looks great!


  • Memphis88
    January 5 , 2010

    Very nice simile at the end there. Even though I have lived in Memphis all my life including college years, I am getting that same feeling due to the possibility of attending law school somewhere else. There's a good chance where I go to law school is where I will live post law school.


  • Brooke Rane
    January 5 , 2010

    foster, i'm jealous. that little shack is wonderful, and so is everything you've put in it. those old yellow oregonian newspaper sleeves bring back so many memories of early morning paper routes while i was growing up in salem.


  • componentsofenthusiasm
    January 5 , 2010

    this is like the best fort ever


  • Foster Huntington
    January 5 , 2010

    Brooke,
    I am glad I help could bring those memories back. That Oregonian can is my favorite in the place.
    Foster


  • Foster Huntington
    January 5 , 2010

    Memphis,
    it's a very strange realization to come to. It's very weird for me to think that that next time I come home will be for less than a week,
    foster


  • J.P.
    January 5 , 2010

    Very cool dude. Not exactly the same, but I feel the same way about my family's property in Vermont.

    There is an old treehouse my dad built for my brother off in the woods and I have similar feelings.


  • Deb Oh
    January 5 , 2010

    Great photos, and great blog!


  • Foster Huntington
    January 5 , 2010

    Thanks you all for the kind words.

    JP treeforts are best. i wish i had one to spend time in when i went home,
    Foster


  • tons of land
    January 5 , 2010

    great post. and a great series of photos. totally creates the nostalgia for that personal retreat everyone had as a kid to run away to and hide for a couple hours when you were young. particularly love the shots of the cabin itself.


  • nikole
    January 6 , 2010

    I understand the sentiment, I'm nearing the end as well and I suppose it's inevitable that my visits home in the future will be increasingly infrequent and short. I'm mixed about it, sometimes really excited and other times well, a little surprised it's almost over.


  • Angelo R.
    January 6 , 2010

    Looks like a great place to relax. Is it tucked away from the main house?


  • Foster Huntington
    January 6 , 2010

    Angelo,
    Its separated by about 15 feet.
    Foster


  • Foster Huntington
    January 6 , 2010

    Nikole,
    I have mixed feelings about it as well. I love new experiences and seeing new places but at the same time, i will always miss my home,
    Foster


  • Isaac Buie
    January 8 , 2010

    Beautiful Foster, and totally inspiring. I've always been a suburbanite, but I love the country. Perhaps while you're away from home, sojourning to the country wherever you are will help to make you feel at home.


  • Stephanie
    January 10 , 2010

    Thanks for helping clean it out. Reminded me of how much fun it was to build……


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