Thursday Doors—Log Cabin

Thursday Doors - Log Cabin

Thursday Doors – Log Cabin

For some time I have enjoyed Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors feature by way of Judy at New England Garden and Thread. Although I focus my blog on gardens and flowers last week while searching for a vase, I spotted a special door to share.

Thursday Doors - Log Cabin

Thursday Doors – Log Cabin

My father was a cabinetmaker as was his father. He worked full-time as a U. S. postal clerk but also managed to run his cabinet shop after work and on weekends. During a slow period one summer when my 3 sisters and I were very young, he fabricated this little log cabin for us. The rustic cabin is an anomaly, quite a departure from his finished pieces crafted for his business, Colonial Cabinet Shop.

I have a faint memory of sitting outside in our backyard on a picnic table while he shaped and notched twigs that would become the logs. As this task took longer than a child’s attention span, soon I wandered off to play.

Thursday Doors - Log Cabin

Thursday Doors – Log Cabin

At one point the chimney was covered with stones, returned now to the earth somewhere, and a section of shingles has been knocked off.

Stones once covered the chimney.

Stones once covered the chimney.

At upper left corner and along right-hand side, shingles are missing.

At upper left corner and along right-hand side, shingles are missing.

On the side wall opposite the chimney is the cabin’s only window.

Thursday Doors - Log Cabin

Thursday Doors – Log Cabin

In elementary school when my class studied the American frontier, I remember taking this little cabin to school along with a book report about Abe Lincoln.

Thursday Doors - Log Cabin

Thursday Doors – Log Cabin

Many times this door has opened and closed, but not often in recent years. It is nice to share it with you today, a portal back to childhood.

Thursday Doors - Log Cabin

Thursday Doors – Log Cabin

A hook from a bent nail formed part of the latch. A hole remains where a nail once served as a door knob.

A hook from a bent nail formed part of the latch. A hole remains where a nail once served as a door knob.

Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, April 14, 2016

42 thoughts on “Thursday Doors—Log Cabin

  1. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    Oh my goodness, you gave me goosebumps with this beautiful little cabin and its family history. To have such a beautiful reminder of your father’s cabinetry skills and to know he shaped each of those logs is amazing. I have a bird house about that size created by a dear friend who haas since passed. I have it sitting on a shelf and smile every time I glance at it. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful door with all of your gardening fans. 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Judy, I know exactly how a glance at your bird house brings on that smile. So many memories stored in objects like these. I find the same in my passalong plants in the garden.

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  2. Christina

    What a lovely reminder of your father and a happy childhood. So working with wood is a family gift; your daughter’s work is beautiful. I remember my father making wonderful houses out of sand at the beach; complete with gardens and usually a pond!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      How innovative and fun, gardens and a pond, that I’ve not seen on sand houses. We always built sand castles with moats that would fill with water. My father died when I was in college and so never had a chance to meet his granddaughter. It delights me to no end when I see her beautiful wood pieces and am reminded of the connection.

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  3. sustainabilitea

    What a special door that opens to wonderful memories! Thanks for sharing the story. We used to make cabins with Lincoln logs, but of course those were already shaped and our creations were nothing like this.

    janet

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  4. rickii

    The father/daughter bond is always a strong one. How very special to have this reminder. It’s a wonderful artifact even without the memories that go with it.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Ricki. We were fortunate to spend a lot of time with our father. He even taught us how to cook many dishes, so we could have dinner ready when my mother got home from work.

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  5. Julie

    Your post is so lovely Susie, what a wonderful glimpse back into your childhood, your Dad was very talented too. Memories and reminders like this are priceless.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks you Julie. It’s funny how those memories flood back sometimes. I hadn’t intended to make a story, but merely was going to post the pictures. My younger sister was happy to read this. She said she didn’t remember him making the cabin, just playing with it.

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  6. Beth @ PlantPostings

    Oh, that is so sweet. What beautiful memories and a quality, handcrafted keepsake you have there. I’m imagining you playing with it as a child. That’s the perfect subject for the meme. 🙂

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