Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Playhouse Made From Oil Cans

 Recently I have come across a few more images of spaces that have been created out of nontraditional building materials. It is amazing to see the structures that emerge when creative people take ordinary everyday objects and use them in some not so ordinary ways. New techniques and conventions are developed, and tradition is challenged. The image above is a great example of how a dad took what he had and created a great play space for his daughter.

The oil can playhouse is from the January 1935 issue of Modern Mechanix. The article reads as follows,
"By soldering together 1500 quart oil cans, Edgar Speer, Ohio mechanic, has constructed a novel playhouse for his small daughter. By laying the soldered cans on their long axis and offsetting each course at the end, Speer has achieved a log cabin effect. Large enough to accommodate three or four full grown men, the cabin is 6 1/2 feet long, 4 1/2 feet wide, and 6 1/2 feet high. The project took about 2 1/2 months of Speer's spare time. The work was done with a common blow torch and soldering iron".

Don't forget to keep safety in mind if you decide to build your own nontraditional play space, and send pictures!

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