The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Sam On Prohibition and Courtin'

Lucas, Kansas
Garden of Eden

More from Samuel P. Dinsmore:

"You can't drink booze anymore.  You can only use the contents of the beer bottles on those shelves, jugs and mugs on the corner posts to look at.  If you can't drink it, look at it; it will help some.
It's the waste that makes people poor."

(He took empty beer bottles, filled them with his secret cement and used them has decorator pieces along his porches.)

 "The old log cabins used to have forks set up and logs laid in to build porches (there is a second story porch above this which I didn't capture in the photo).  I never thought of that until I got to this center post.  I made a fork; when I finished it I put these knots on (you can see two on the post at the right), and thought when I was putting these knots on if I was a girl on the porch, and my fellow down below, if he could not climb that post, with all these knots, I would fire him and get one that could."


Notice the ends to the rock "logs" making up his home.  
They are notched on the ends to interlock just like regular logs of a log cabin.
He carved a wood mold to imprint his name in the cement making up his home.


Tomorrow we'll step inside Dinsmore's home.




9 comments:

  1. Bottles are often an inspiration for building those self made houses. I have seen examples used as walls. I think it was somewhere in the US.

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  2. The guy deserves a book on his own.

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  3. Prohibition - not there was a daft idea!
    You've kept us well entertained with Samuel's garden for days now - looking forward to what he kept indoors

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  4. I looked and looked and couldn't find the beer bottles, finally I saw them.
    This is a pretty cool set of posts.

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  5. Dinsmoor sounds like quite a character!

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  6. the knots are hilarious - at least his reason for them are. :)

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  7. I had an uncle who was a dedicated beer drinker and made furniture out of extra talls and regular size beer cans. Tables, chairs, settees, went on for a long time!
    I think there is a glass bottle house here in Minnesota. I'll see if I can find it. Looking forward to the inside of Dinsmore Residence!

    Jo

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  8. interesting idea with the beer bottles. He really was a peculiar fellow wasn't he.

    Felicia

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