From Chicken Feeder to House of Cedar

Homemade, clear cedar, light shade: made out of the offcuts of the ceiling wood and benches.  Making this a reclaimed, repurposed, and salvaged project.  The glow is surprisingly beautiful.  

So, I've been building a sauna at our house over the past 3 months.

This was a pre-corona decision to create a little space for rest, relaxation, purification, etc.  I've learned that with every "home" project, I need to make a quick assessment to ensure it's a project that I can finish in a reasonable time frame.  Building a sauna seemed like a tall task for this active family of 5.  Until, I realized, the project was already half done!  You see, we had given up on raising chickens last year and I had built a rather large chicken coop that was essentialy a, human-sized, bird sanctuary.  Now, it was looking more and more like a future sauna.  Thus began the journey transitioning a palacial pen for poultry into a humid hothouse for Humans.  It was a lot of work, but a jug of bleach, 6 inches of foil-backed insulation, several hundred feet of reclaimed cedar, stone and an epic wood-burning Finnish stove, the aromotic detox chamber was nearing completion... 

It seemed things were going well, a project was being completed, which is unfortunately quite remarkable around here! 

But then, corona happened...

Actually, this was about the time corona turned into Covid 19...

I went to Costco to get a few things amidst the other shoppers, who were looking around as if they were about to be infected by someone.  It was eerie the way they pushed their carts silently buying everything in sight.  I turned, and headed into everyone's least favorite place in Costco/the World...the coldest room on the planet...yes, that's right, the room of Dairy.  We needed to get our, monthly, triple stack of eggs.  I think you know where this story is going, because we've all lived this in one form or another over the past 6 weeks.  THE . EGGS . WERE . GONE.  All of them. Organic, regular, white, brown, the egg beaters, the gelatinous ooze that the Vegans "love" was gone, all of it, GONE.  Upon arriving home, I got to inform my wife that breakfast was going to be more of a chore than usual for "the children."  An idea was hatched...If the world took away our triple stack of convenience, we must be able to supply our own.  Yes!! It makes perfect sense, we need chickens...again!! But wait, we don't have a chicken coop, we have a cedar box with a stove in it now.

So there you have it, the current status is that we have a sauna, 15 chicks sitting in the middle of my woodshop (growing rather quickly, I might add), with another project starting: a chicken coop. predict the future, about the time that these chickens are ready to lay eggs, the virus will be long gone and eggs will be back in the freakishly cold room in Costco.  All the while, we will continue to Sauna and feed chickens daily. 

If you are smiling right now, then mission accomplished. In life, tragedies abound, but opportunities to choose joy and find happiness amidst the chaos are in far greater supply.  Often times it is a simple shift in perspective.  It has been encouraging to see far more people on walks in our neighborhood, to receive calls from friends that are just "checking in" and to just slow down the frenetic pace of life.  I encourage you to seek out the silver lining, to work hard and add value, yes, but to connect and love those around you (from 6 feet away, of course).  Life is a gift, let's use it well!


Top: The former chicken coop turned sauna.  Highlights are 90% reclaimed materials, a wood-burning Finnish stove and handmade accessories.


Below: 14 Novegen White's and 1 Black Jersey.  Funny aside: These were 15 of the last 30 of 2500 chicks that the store sold in 3 days.  

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