|Project by Mark A. DeCou||posted 08-01-2007 12:26 AM||2999 views||1 time favorited||16 comments|
Well, I built this about three years ago on a “commission.” A friend of ours wanted to give her parents a unique gift, and so she decided to give them something they had always wanted…...an Outhouse.
For those that are too young to remember them, an Outhouse is a potty that is placed outside of the house. Down-Under, the Aussies call them a “dunny”. I have also heard the term “privy” used, but I think it is also used for indoor bathrooms as well. There are a few more names, but most are not too nice to type up for family to see. Military folks have various titles as well.
The family uses this Outhouse in the front yard in the middle of their circle drive as a decoration in the landscaping.
They love it so much, that I actually got a nice long letter from our friend’s Mother about how much they love it. I have thought a few times about driving a couple of hours to get a photo of the Outhouse in its natural habitat, but haven’t done that yet.
When I was first asked about making the Outhouse, I was a little put off. For six months I was actually a little frustrated and angry. The “commissioner” was a good friend of ours, so ultimately, I put my pride behind me and did it for her. As I was contemplating what to do, I kept asking myself, “what have I done wrong to have people think of me when they want an Outhouse built…” After thinking about the project request for the 6 months leading up to the gift deadline, I came to the conclusion that it was actually a compliment to be asked to build an Outhouse.
All of the materials for this were found around my little farm. The budget was so small on this job, I couldn’t afford to buy anything, so I scavenged around. I added two windows, and made the door hardware and locking mechanism out of some steel strap I had. The Family added lace curtains to the windows. Inside, there is a seat with a hole in it, with a cover. I think they use the interior as a storage compartment for outdoor gardening items.
So, to officially add this to the Summer Outdoor Challenge, and to show the world another entry into my weird, and unique woodworking projects….......I present the Outhouse.
I don’t have any good photos of it, heck, I didn’t want to build it, much less remember it. But, I shot a couple of quick shots as the customer was here to pick it up. She didn’t have a truck, so we ended up loading it into my pickup and she made the drive to her parent’s house to do the presentation. She reported that her brother said, “Hey, I want one of those too.”
-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com