The original 1910 building was still in surprisingly good shape although the newer summer kitchen addition was having some trouble staying aligned on its less reliable foundation. We noted the cookstove , apple trees, the chopping block , the hand operated well downhill on the edge of the clearing - virtually just as I had remembered them 50 years previously.
We trekked over to the outhouse and there they were - almost all of the vintage posters still were still intact on the walls and there was a healthy vine growing out of the well fertilized two-seater! We took some photos to capture the legacy and thought to ourselves that we hoped that no one would desecrate this memorable structure. Unfortunately, when we visited again several years later, the shrine had been vandalized and all of those precious heritage posters had been removed and stolen - so sad that they are probably now rolled up in someone's garage and put away never to be seen again.
Regardless, we did not lose our interest in vintage materials and the importance of saving them for their historic cultural values. As such we are happy now to have the opportunity to mount some of Tommy's prints in a barnwood style frame to offer to fellow residents and cottagers in Algoma.
The unique aspects of framing this artwork at Basswood Lake Outfitters is our use of recycled wood and glass as much as possible. We've used old local sawmill planks, barnwood boards, pallet wood, and discarded boards we've retrieved from landfill sites. We often use recycled wavy glass which is at least 100 years old extricated from old window sashes and storm windows which have also been retrieved from landfills - often in pieces.
Thanks for letting us share this story with you - we hope you enjoyed!