Wednesday, August 20, 2014

TimberKing Bryan Reid Sr. visits burl shack

Bryan Reid Sr July 19

The TimberKings on HGTV was a hit to me the first time I watched it. After that I never missed an episode and have now watched many of them more than once.

The skill and workmanship that goes into building Pioneer Log Homes fascinates me. The homes they build are absolutely beautiful! There are so many people involved and you can't help but like the characters that work for Bryan Reid Sr. (Founder of Pioneer Log Homes). 

I was able to contact Mr. Reid to see if he'd be able to make time to visit the burl shack. A bit of a long shot but I knew that if he saw it he'd have an appreciation for the time and passion that's been put into it. 

To my pleasant surprise there was a message one day from him saying he'd be in town and we could meet.

Bryan Reid Sr. is as nice a guy in real life as he seems on the TimberKings. Paula and I really enjoyed sharing stories with him. He thought the burl was "over the top", and it was a thrill to hear those words coming from him. 

The next season of the TimberKings starts in January on HGTV. A Must See!

Saturday, September 07, 2013

It's real name is 'Murfitt' but I call it 'therapy'

The burl has a name because most people that touch it ask what I'll name it. My answer was always "maybe 10 years after" but the true name is "Murfitt" after the late Peter Donald Murfitt.  Pete was a stranger to me but when he saw the burl seven years ago he offered to help me get it protected from the weather. He built the burl shack at his shop and I helped him set it up over the burl. A month and a half later he passed away from cancer. He told me he wasn't feeling good but I had no idea of the extent.  I missed his funeral because Paula read me the obituary a couple hours after the funeral had taken place. We had become good friends in a short time but I never really had the chance to thank him so he really knew what it meant to me. So, it's obvious what the name of the burl should be. 

I need a way and a place to display the burl where thousands of people can see it. I'm always deeply encouraged by the comments of people that actually touch it. That's when the 6.5 years of labour/therapy seems worth while. Even people that have seen pictures of it are in shock when they first touch it.

"Having dreams is what makes life tolerable" Author unknown (to me). 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Pictures of the inside.

Few people get right inside and up close, so I want to show what you'd see if it was displayed better.