The Man-Cave ‘Cabin’ That Has to Be Seen to Be Believed

So, um, that hunting cabin right there? Not a cabin. Imgur user Oldblue, who also goes by Kelhans on Reddit,


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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.”

Before. DIsco ball is suggestive of epic dance parties, but the "after" is better.

Before. DIsco ball is suggestive of epic dance parties, but the “after” is better.

This former packing crate led to several dozen planks of rough cut pine.

This former packing crate led to several dozen planks of rough cut pine.

Oldblue ripped this floor-to-be to three inches and added tongue and groove.

Oldblue ripped this floor-to-be to three inches and added tongue and groove.

The walls go up.

The walls go up.

The beam was one of the few items purchased. It was roughened and stained to look old.

The beam was one of the few items purchased. It was roughened and stained to look old.

The "fireplace."

The “fireplace.”

The "window" is a photograph with a light behind it.

The “window” is a photograph with a light behind it.

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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.


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Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal. Follow him on Instagram at @stevecasimiro.
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  • AverageGuy
    Reply

    “…as small as a world and as large as alone” — ee cummings

    • Peter
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      Of all the cabins I’ve seen on the net this is the one I based my own on. I like the rustic feel to it, it looks like organised clutter if there is such thing.
      I’m really happy with my own version, I’ve still a few things to add like photos and I’ll be adding our old leather settee and chair when our new one arrives in a couple weeks and that will see it finished.

      Many thanks for posting your photos and the inspiration.

      Pete

  • Dave M.
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    This is genius! Love the “cabin”.
    Here’s my 2 cents….

    1. Go to actual wilderness location (water features a plus, wild animals a plus, rain,snow, fall)
    2. Set up tripod and video camera with sound.
    3. Stage image as cabin deck view or other cabin exterior like props viewed through “window”.
    4. Film video from dawn through the moon and star lit night.
    5. Repeat at other locations.
    6. Place HD flat screen behind cabin “window”. (Make window operable to open in. Hidden speaker at window sill)
    7. Play back video and sound from hard drive setup.

    Now you’ve got a rainy days, snow falling, river running with bears in it, the wind in the trees at fall. And you sitting at your table sharpening a knife…….

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