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Other stories by Jon%20Vara%20

  • Roll Out the Barrel House

    A former summer camp whose design came straight from the funny pages gets a new life as a museum.

  • Little House on the Sidewalk

    Taking portable toilets to a whole new level.

  • House Move: Saving a Luxury Home From Beach Erosion

    When a compromised island setting requires moving not one, but four, massive structures, the logistical challenges are daunting and the process is nothing short of impressive.

  • Song of the Saw--the Other Life of the Full-Size Hand Saw

    Full-size handsaws, once indispensable to the day-to-day business of cutting lumber to size, are seldom seen on modern jobsites. But they have another, equally traditional use that persists today: as musical instruments.

  • Screw-Head Portraiture

    A hybrid of painting and sculpture, Andrew Myers' portraits use screw heads to create remarkable artwork.

  • Legislation Is the Mother of Invention

    Rough-Service incandescents keep the lights on.

  • Mud Michelangelo

    Bernie Mitchell has spent the past 20 years developing and refining a method of creating remarkably lifelike relief sculptures in drywall mud, many of which ornament the walls of area vacation homes.

  • Vermont Windows

    Examples of angled gable-end windows, called "Vermont Windows"—a unique feature of farmhouses in several New England states.

  • Home on the Pinecastle Jeep Range

    When a former munitions demonstration site and military training facility in Florida gets a new lease on life, complications arise for the area's residents.

  • R. Buckminster Fuller's Geodesic Dome Home

    Buckminster Fuller popularized the geodesic dome. He even lived in one himself. But although Bucky's dome home has many things to commend it, being watertight is not one of them.