Inspiration for these carved shutters comes from the old Stave Church (stavkirke) at Urnes, Norway (c 1050AD). The corner posts on the Vorwerk (caretaker's cabin) are inspired by the magnificent architectural site known as VIKINGSHOLM, built in the 1920's on the west shore of Lake Tahoe... a place called Emerald Bay. The chip carving pattern ("karveskurd") we got from looking through old pictures of Sacandinavian mangleboards.
The logs are reclaimed fir from Canada. The wide pattern for chinking is reminiscent of old cabins in Bohemia, and in the High Sierras, and the carved accoutrements are done in reclaimed TEAK from old farmhouses on the island of Java. Great care had to be taken in the drying and "equalizing" process in bringing the wood from a climate with 95% Relative Humidity to the mountains of California where the RH can dip down below 10% for long periods of time.
Zakopane in the Sierras.
Architect: Larry Pearson & Greg Matthews, PEARSON DESIGN GROUP, Bozeman, Montana, USA
Builder: WILLIAMS CONSTRUCTION, Clio, California, USA