It was a thought my dad came up with years ago… a good thought.
My mom has ALWAYS liked lighthouses. She had little statues of them, pictures, etc. around the house and anytime she saw one it brought a smile to her face.
So my dad’s idea was to build her a lighthouse. A good sized one that could sit along side their pond in the backyard.
It seemed like a great idea to me! So I set out to accomplish this dream. I did my research, drew up some blue prints, and put together a plan.
A scaled version of the Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, MN. The Split Rock Lighthouse sits on Lake Superior and is a gorgeous sight to see. (If you really want to treat your self, there are some great campsites at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park with amazing views of the lighthouse. Most notably sites 18 and 19. But I digress….) The scale would be about 1/10th for a final height of about 6 feet tall. It of course needs a light in the beacon – preferably a rotating light. (It is a lighthouse, right?) The goal was to give this as a gift to mom for Mothers Day. Now I live in Minnesota, and have a small one stall garage that is not insulated or heated. That means that the winter cold is going to compete with my timing on putting this together… but I gladly accept this challenge. I am the primary designer on this, I’ll bring in the lovely Nicole to help out with artistic direction and painting, and lend on my brother for his wood turning skills to make a perfect rounded topper.
I’m a video guy – how could I not shoot a documentary of me building this? :)