Milburn, Lucy McDonald
How one woman is building her home, pp. 150-154 ff.
OUR HOME DEPARTMENT friends have used them on their log houses and say they wear much better than the shingles of commerce. My greatest triumph next to getting the roof on right is the large chimney. It is twenty-six feet high; it has a fireplace in the living room that will hold "four foot logs." This chimney also serves for the kitchen stove and has two flues that may be used for the upstairs rooms when desired. My man Pack (that is his nick name) who built the chimneys with suggestions from me, had never made but one before, that was his own, which is a rude enough affair and smokes badly, so there was a tremor of expectation when we first tried a fire. It roared and crackled and the blaze warmed our hearts as we saw that the draft was perfect. We managed in the placing of the larger stones not only to get several mantels for the living room, but two pretty and useful shelves in the bedroom. For the hearths we saved all the thin flat stones that were quite smooth. After making a bed of broken rock we fitted the odd shaped flat stones, some light, some dark in color, then poured in a stream of soft cement which when mixed with the sand here gets a greenish tint. The whole effect reminds one of the Tiffany glass. As a finish we used a nar- row strip of pine beveled to the floor. This reminds me to tell how we finished the floor. The stone being very rough, the narrow panel which goes around the room to act as a base board does not fit close, therefore to preclude the danger of spiders and other small vermin coming up the walls, we poured in a border of cement which makes the wall and the floor meet in every place. The portico at the entrance door is made of locust trees with the bark on. The ground floor is of stone. The upper part, which I call my Juliet balcony, is acces- sible from my room; its flooring is of 154 rough oak tongue-and-grooved. The space is six by six feet. The east bedroom also opens onto a balcony which is large enough to admit of a cot and several rocking chairs. It is a place for an afternoon nap, when the ham- mocks are wet. The roof of the house shades this balcony from the west. Under this is our working porch opening off the kitchen. Here we have no flooring but sand, which can easily be renewed. A wood floor would soon rot for the roof is only a rough oak floor, but it offers shade and we can spill just as much as we please and no scrubbing is necesasry. Here is a long work table with a shelf underneath. Against the wall of the house is a hanging shelf in easy reach. At the corner of the house still under the porch is a huge gal- vanized iron barrel for rain water which more than fills when it rains hard. A small gutter of stone carries off the over- flow which goes into an earthen pipe. A galvanized iron bowl with strainer in the bottom fits over this pipe and is the sink. The piping extends underground about fifty feet which carries it over the cliff. Let me thank THE CRAFTSMAN for many hints and especially for its very valuable lessons in furniture making. We have saved all our walnut boards and now I am going to try to make furniture for the living room. All along the way I have been gaining lessons in the difference between a picture and the object. The time and patience required to make the idea develop into the concrete is an interesting experience. Over and over again I have recalled the early lives of the Republic and said Soc- rates was right about the value of any- thing we ourselves produce. My little house is becoming a child to me. It grows more precious as I work over it. Lucy McDoNALD MILBURN. Wandy, Aug., 1905.
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