What Do You Do On a Lighthouse?

What Do You Do On a Lighthouse?

Exotic woods

Besides the usual question Don’t You Get Bored?, the next question “What do you do on a lighthouse?” also needs to be answered.

What do you do in your house? TV, video games, go to a show, eat out?

We did not have those luxuries, so we worked with our hands as they did in the early days.

Some people liked knitting, crocheting, or sewing; drawing, painting, or designing; writing; photography; and . . . woodwork! Now there was one I liked. 

Unimat 3 lathe, made in Austria until 1996

When beachcombing we used to find many short lengths of exotic woods – woods such as Mahogany, Teak, Balsa, Apple, Cherry, Tigerwood, etc. and my wife liked doll houses and their accesories, and I liked small tools such as Dremel and Unimat, so put them all together and you get what you see below. These are all in a doll house scale of 1″ = 1 foot.

In the first gallery below is a series of photos of household furnishings I made. Remember, these were not kits. We found the wood on the beach, washed the salt out, dried it, cut it into slabs with a small table or band saw and then cut, filed or turned the wood to shape. Patterns were drawn on graph paper, and traced onto the wood.


This second gallery shows actual doll house settings.

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Retired (2001) British Columbia lighthouse keeper after 32 years on the lights.

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