This is a 1920’s Douglas Fir Log Motorhome.
It was built out of a single Douglas Fir Log on a 1920 3-ton Dodge Brothers chassis.
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1920’s Douglas Fir Log Motorhome
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Pity there aren’t more photos – it actually looks pretty well laid-out. Wonder what happened to it?
This used to tour the US. I was a kid in Florida in the early 90s when I saw it. Everything is carved out of the log and connected. The posts, the platform for the bed, the cabinetry. All one piece. I’ve heard it’s since sold and is now in a private collection, but I have no way to verify that. Also, this was posted on THT in 2014. https://tinyhousetalk.com/douglas-fir-log-tiny-house-motorhome/
I’m pretty sure this one, or one very similar to it, is (or was until recently) in St. Augustine, Florida, outside of the Ripley’s Museum.
Tiny homes are definitely not new. Boston had tiny homes from the 20s & 30s. San Francisco has many as they had only vertical space in some areas of the city – houses 8-10′ wide. My grandparent’s home in the Midwest, that my father and his 3 siblings grew up in was two – 2room houses put together – just under 400 sq ft. We, as a society, seem to ebb and flow with our love of size. Some people get it and some don’t. The great thing is, we live in a country where we can choose. The new benefit is the availability of green/off-grid options open to us.
This Douglas Fir home is a wonderful gift of craftsmanship. Imagine the patience that took?!
Sometimes we need to search the past to find our future.
Those termites are pretty damned talented.
That was before they went union. 😉
I would love to have seen this magnificent tree NOT cut down and still growing! Imagine how old it was, and we cut it down to make an RV:(