Ms Debbie P's 2007 Shop Tour and Inspection #12: Wednesday Special: With Dusty down at "This Old Crack House."

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Blog entry by Douglas Bordner posted 09-26-2007 07:22 AM 6584 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Wednesday Special — Tribute Tour of Karson's Shop Part 12 of Ms Debbie P's 2007 Shop Tour and Inspection series Part 13: Wednesday Workshop: Gary CN"s Man Cave with a side trip to the comics. »

This week is an homage to Dusty and his venerable blog “This Old Crack House.” I actually heard of it before I was aware of the existence of Lumberjocks. The name slays me every time, but aside from the subtle Norm reference, this house was exactly what the name implies. A blight on the neighborhood and an eyesore.
I asked Dusty if he could give me a paragraph to describe his motivation behind the project and the blog, and here is what he had to say:
”Honestly I would have to say at first was to get rid of a problem house and neighbor. As time went on I fell in love with the house. I had it sold previously to a Buddie and it never materialized. I am grateful for that.

What got me interested in blogging was the encouragement I got from the other lumberjocks. I am not a writer nor had ever done anything like that before. Several Lumberjocks encouraged me to tell the story behind all the mission furniture I had displayed in the project sections. I also started the blog to began a healing process with myself with regards to having lost the use of my one hand. I wrote the blog in hopes it would not only help me heal but offer hope to others with permanent disabilities or handicaps.”

There are before pictures of the house in Dusty’s first entry in the series and pictures all the way through to the final chapter. Along the way we have been treated to a view of some of the finest Mission Furniture and Stain Glass (the entry about Dusty’s stained glass classes is one of my favorites) out there. And the writing is highly enjoyable as well. I have tried to blog a simple project, one of my jewelry boxes. I boogered it up so many times amongst the picture taking and became so frustrated that I bagged the undertaking that same afternoon. This gentleman has shown remarkable fortitude and considerable skill in both the construction of the house and it’s furnishing as well as the art of the blog.

Here is Deb on the back lawn as we arrived to begin the tour.

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I was just as excited to have been invited to participate. Being on the other side of the shot has the distinct benefit of sparing you the vision of me airborne. ‘Tis not a pleasant sight.

Deb is always game to investigate mixed media projects. I think she was agog at the sight of Dusty’s glass supplies.

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Here she looks at the schematic of a window in progress. Shop points were awarded for organization, great lighting and the presence of a shop fire extinguisher.

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After a tour of the house, with every room crowned with fine furniture and stained glass, MsDebbieP relaxes in the Great Room Home Theater.

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Popcorn anyone?

So in closing, we salute you, Dusty. Your perseverance, talent, humor and humility are well noted. Your shop, home and blog are winners, to say the least.


We have your certificate ready. Thank you for sharing this labor of love.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 09-26-2007 07:37 AM

Great job to all involved.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 09-26-2007 12:03 PM

I was so excited to not only here that we were going to get a tour of the famous house but to actually step foot on the property!!! What a moment!

I am and always will be one of your biggest fans, Dusty. You are an angel on earth, an inspiration, and a guiding light. Thank you for sharing.

(Great program on TV by the way.)

Douglas, another job well done (and you say you have difficulties with blogging. Pshaw!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 09-26-2007 01:01 PM

Fine work Douglas and Debbie. Dusty deserves all the credit we can give him. It is a wonderful place and an inspiration to all.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 09-26-2007 03:35 PM

Excellent tour!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 09-27-2007 04:46 AM

This blog mesmerized me. With one hand, the willingness to take on someone who needed the work when he was off bus driving (part time), to help an old lady, then the stained glass.
That was work enough for five people.
I truly do not know how he was able to do it and my hat is off to him!

Maybe he really had Calvin’s transmogrifier. (You have to know Calvin and Hobbs to understand that)

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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Bob Babcock

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#6 posted 09-27-2007 04:48 AM

Great stuff as usual. I’ve shown Dusty’s place to my daughter and son-in-law. They are in the process of fixing up an old crack house of their own. It was scary helping them clean the place out. Here is this cute little house in an otherwise nice neighborhood that had the local swat team raid it. We found needles when we were disinfecting the place…..yuck! They’ve already transformed the place and the neighbors love them for it. I’m helping them put down all new hardwood floors in a couple of weeks.

-- Bob

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#7 posted 09-27-2007 05:53 AM

Thanks Dusty, Douglas and Debbie. Great tour.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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Douglas Bordner

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#8 posted 09-27-2007 07:25 AM

Thanks for pointing out that this blog was Triple D-lightful Karson. Dusty, Douglas and Debbie sounds like some fifties family (My sis is named Debbie, too).

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 09-27-2007 12:11 PM

Rick’s helping renovate his boss’ new house. They found over 50 needles shoved into the heating ducts in one of the rooms. They had to call in a special service to check and clean the entire house vents etc.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 09-27-2007 03:13 PM

The wide spread extent of this problem is what is so sad. I know quite a few people who have lost family members.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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