So, um, that hunting cabin right there? Not a cabin. Imgur user Oldblue, who also goes by Kelhans on Reddit, is a hunter and part time set designer who had some extra space in his basement, as well as a freegan’s eye for scavenging, and so he created a little project for himself – to convert a sterile, jail-cell space downstairs into a time machine to the 1940s.
“I am a hunter and love all things hunting,” he writes. “If you don’t like hunting, that’s your right. I do. It’s my hobby. Men all over the world have hobby rooms. This is the one I like. I read, listen to the radio, clean guns, sharpen knives, make things at the table, play numerous games with my kids, snooze (there’s a vintage folding cot in there), relax, talk to friends and family etc.”
The total materials cost? $107. Some of the wood came from a packing crate, some from an old barn. The “fireplace” rocks were found on the side of the road.
“I could have paid a contractor thousands of dollars to make that room,” he said. “But part of the fun and experience was pondering how to do it for less, how to create without always spending. I don’t get free lumber everyday, but when I did, I found a way to put it to good use. Everyone might not be able to build a room like this and only spend $107 in cash like I did, but hopefully it will inspire them to be more creative.”
Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.