re-using, recycling, and redeeming old wood

Posts tagged “cabins

214. Carving in the Round. Another Rustic Cabin.

Several versions of this cabin are around. Even one posted by an online scam. Must be interesting to people. No watermark here to protect my pictures. Better wood carver than computer technician.

Three unique features here. First is the porch structure. It came about because of a miscalculation. After the piece was blocked in it became apparent that the second story of the house looked odd. That made the hole above the horizontal beam necessary. Then the porch looked odd so the porch roof was carved away and the upper triangle was cleared to let light all the way through. You can see it in the fifth picture.

The other two features are in the roof. There the roof top is angled at the outside corners as seen best in pictures one and three. And, obviously one hopes, the thatched roof effect of the entire roof is the third feature to notice.

What are you working on these days? Anything to share?



167. Carving Recycled Wood. IKEA bed frames 5

Posts 145, 152,156, 160. Those are posts where you can find cabins 1- 4.

This one has its own unique and interesting qualities. First the large knot in the base. Its location is not an accident. The wood was turned and viewed from every angle. Finally, given the limited number of tools available at the time of carving, it was decided that the knot needed to be in the base.

Then, how to incorporate it into the base? The result, a large rock which allowed for very limited carving to the knot itself.

Another pleasing feature is the roof. Both the wavy carving lines and the wavy growth rings make an attractive top to the cabin. And these lines offset the chimney well.

One choice I am not so sure about is the size of the smaller wall rocks. Should they have been larger. What do you think?


“The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.” Prov 10:14

160. Carving Recycled Wood. IKEA bed frames 4.

Did you notice the black hole? Not sure what it was intended purpose was. It added another level of decision making. Cut it off? Wastes wood. Carve it out? Wastes effort. Cut into it? Lose its mechanical roundness. Leave it? Let the viewer decide how it fits in. You see what was decided. What do you think?

Compare to pieces in Posts 145, 152, 156. I like the deeper, wider piercing under the cabin. Along with the black circle, it adds another layer of interest, inviting the viewer’s eye to travel around and through the piece.

One other feature to point out is the shape of this cabin. Several features give more motion to the piece, rather than a static, boring blah-ness to it. Waves in the roof give a sense of motion. The shape of the walls also. Note how the bottom of the house cuts in, the walls seem to bulge out and finally tuck back in under the eaves. A much more interesting shape then straight lines.

What else draws your attention?


“The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.” Prov 10:8

152 Carving Recycled Wood. IKEA bed frame 2 – rustic places.

I still love the idea of reusing objects, materials, ideas. As a professional teacher there is great satisfaction in developing a teaching point or idea and then finding as many contexts as possible where it can be used. I like the same for objects, whether it’s old tires to retread sandals or old boots to use a flower pots.

Wood isn’t any different. The pictures below are of another rustic carving recycled from an IKEA bed frame. (See Post 145 for the first one) It could be an old school house, an old church, or cabin. I like the movement in the piece, with the leaning top and uneven walls.

What do you think, paint or no paint? Post 145 got paint, this one no paint. It was sprayed with several coats of clear, gloss varnish.


To answer before listening—that is folly and shame. Prov 18:13.

144 Carving. Rustic cabin in basswood.

Swirling snow, howling winds, temperatures frozen at minus something, and darkness far too early. A good thing to think about on a sweltering summer day. It was 106 in Beijing, China the week this post was crafted.

And speaking of crafts, what do you do on such a cold, dark evening? Carve, of course. One of the things I enjoy carving are rustic cabins. This one is in basswood, roughly 4x4x6 inches. Things to notice: the grain lines, the rocks, siding texture, unfinished shingles in picture three which were finished in the other pictures. One other detail to see by comparing picture 3 and 4. The siding on the porch goes opposite direction of the rest of the cabin. Why, you ask? Easier to get at with carving tools.

I like it. You? Shalom.

“Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.”Prov 21:23