AMONG MY FAVORITE SPECIAL PROJECTS

This little log cabin from The Barnyard Shoppe of Amos D. Bugg hopefully evokes the spirit of “The Backwoods Cabin” in the Hocking Hills area of Ohio built by Mr. Ed Fassig who I understand is every bit the homespun, backwoods kind of fella who would have created such a homey warm place. The artistic interpretation of Mr. Fassig’s log cabin was commissioned by a young couple who vacationed there and loved it so much that they wanted to preserve their memory of the visit in a unique way. The special little trademark “touch of home” inside this custom project is a miniature version of the handsome stone fireplace that graces the real McCoy.

Click here to find out how you can spend a few days in the real Backwoods Cabin, You might even want to read Mr. Fassig’s book, Backwoods Musings, to get you in the proper state of mind.

And there are special spirit-rejuvenating weekend hiking retreats regularly scheduled at the Backwoods Cabin just for women. Check out Earth Touch Workshops for more information.

One of my all-time favorite projects—the little hen house, with its hand-painted “farm fresh eggs” sign—was my 2001 limited edition created for collectors. I built the companion chicken coop originally as a “one-of-a-kind”structure but it was such a phenomenal hit I ended up making 18 of them as special requests! That meant a whole lot of carved chickens!

This little custom-built cabin, complete with screened porch, was given as a 60th birthday present to an avid hunter who helped to build the real-life lakeside getaway when he was just a young boy.

This beach house is an artistic rendering of a special family gathering vacation spot. It was commissioned as a 50th wedding anniversary present.

Every once in a while I take a complete break from my primitive, rustic work and accept the challenge of a special commission of a “country estate” like the example shown here. What a stately beauty. I love the dormered “stone” wings on each side and the lights over the front door.

To see some of the custom historical homes I’ve created, visit the American Legacy Collection.