What You Need
- A reason (ours was taking our two dogs for a walk)
- A beach (after a storm is usually good for the next ingredient)
- Driftwood (two-three-four bigger curved pieces to start, then any size and shape after that)
- A plan (don’t worry about having a plan, you don’t need one)
- Sons, daughters, nieces, friends, nephews, fathers, mothers, grandparents, whoever has an interest (My son and I made while my daughter and wife visited to share, play and take photos)
- A drink (water is good) and celebratory food for when you’re finished. It’s best to sit inside and admire your handiwork with a happy stomach.
- A dog for a pillow (not mandatory) and a good book to read in the shade.
What to do
- Select a site. Your site decision will depend on longevity. Do you want your structure to last for days, weeks or are you happy for it to be washed away with the changing tide?
You could also consider where you put doors and windows and which direction the sun is travelling (we didn’t bother about this)
- The first few pieces are key to your design. The curved nature of driftwood is perfect because each individual shape helps to strengthen the structure overall.
My son and I just added sticks randomly and did a shake test to see how strong it was. It didn’t fall on our heads.
Footnote It’s been three weeks since the initial build and our cubby is still standing. It’s survived two storms and a holiday weekend.
Today we admired it in the distance while we swam and slid down our favourite sand hill on an old foam board.
P.S. This exercise can be relocated to a forest. If you don’t have a forest . . . a backyard or lougeroom with chairs and blankets is a great alternative. Oversize table cloths over dining tables are perfect as you can imagine whatever view you like and there is food nearby.
“Milli could take a thing that was a nothing and make it a something” S.M.K.
I love making things. Now that I’m beginning to get the hang of the WordPress landscape, I’m finding creating the look fun too. My blog is another thing to make. I guess, in this my first post, I’m hopeful this site will become a creative space.
Truthfully I’m unsure what it will become, but that’s no different from every drawing I’ve ever done. If I’m thinking about the process, I’m on the wrong path. For me, drawing a picture is like catching a ball, it’s best to “just do it”, trust my skills/intuition and enjoy.