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  1. #1
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    Exclamation Don't Mansion it!

    The legacy of a relative some times takes a peculiar, yet awesome turn, considering the amount of effort that is implied when you take a closer look. What follows is a testimony to what an 85-90 year old man can do (he worked on it, as a hobby, for 5 years) ... when he does NOT surrender to the ravages of time and lives his life ... to the very last breath.

    The front of the Doll Mansion
    Attachment 47387


    The REAR
    (interior lit)
    Attachment 47393

    The "PRESIDENT"S ROOM"
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    The CENTER STAIR
    Attachment 47394

    The DINING ROOM
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    Dining Rm Detail (left)
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    Dining Rm Detail (right)
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    The KITCHEN
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    KITCHEN center detail

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    KITCHEN right detail

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    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-02-2009 at 06:41 PM.
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    WOW, so the dollhouse does exist! .... eh nvm lol

    That is quite a project. I must say it looks very realistic and the scale is incredible.
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    Cool and it goes with further Mansion ...

    Continuing the tour ... going from left to right ... on the second floor

    The SEWING ROOM
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    The ROCK ROOM
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    The BATHROOM
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    The 2nd Floor BEDROOM
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    Moving up to the third floor ...


    The MAIN NURSERY
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    The STAIRWELL NURSERY
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    The MASTER BEDROOM
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    The TERRACE (off the Master Bedroom)
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    The MANSION at Night
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    Never give up your dream ...
    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-02-2009 at 03:26 PM.
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    that is insane. never seen anything like it. thanks or sharing
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    That is amazing! How long did he work on this?
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    Question What do you do with your off-time?

    Quote Originally Posted by fdexclpl View Post
    That is amazing! How long did he work on this?
    5-years, as his hobby. The plans are even more extensive than the home he built, back in the 70s. It was kind of funny to unroll the architectural plans for the 2-floor, 5-bedroom. 3-bathroom, Great room, Living room, two kitchen, built-in two car garage and boathouse. THEN ... pull out the plans for this beauty ... and find the better part (80%) of a 40-page sketch book with each and every room laid out in fine lined detail. This man suffered from tremors for the past 20-years and you would not know it to look at his work. Every line, just like it was from a drafting table.

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    The big house was becoming a bit MUCH for him, so I guess he "scaled" back.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    Amazing Don, talk about time effort determination, being focused and grounded! Find something your good at and keep doing it, or find something you wnat to do and keep trying till your good at it gives you a reason to keep moving and breathing.
    I just got to find my 'thing' cause it sure ain't photography! LOL.
    So what are you going to do with it Don?
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    Smile A castle looking for a home ... or a showplace

    Well, it needs a home. LOL

    I originally considered eBay, but that seems almost irreverent to the incredible and unparalleled effort this baby took to assemble. It really deserves better care than some darn kid getting it and never appreciating it for what it really is ... craftsmanship to the nth-degree.

    Personally, I would prefer to see it in a museum, so the multitudes could enjoy its intricate nature and its creator/builder getting the true credit for its construction and unique qualities, from the ground up.

    I know that may be a little altruistic, but this guy was special in so many ways. Its only a small part of what his mind created. I was certainly glad to be a small part of it.

    The final song "Remember Me" by Josh Groban, from the movie, "Troy", fills in the sentiment quite nicely.

    Remember, I will still be here
    As long as you hold me, in your memory

    Remember, when your dreams have ended
    Time can be transcended
    Just remember me

    I am the one star that keeps burning, so brightly,
    It is the last light, to fade into the rising sun

    I'm with you
    Whenever you tell, my story
    For I am all I've done

    Remember, I will still be here
    As long as you hold me, in your memory
    Remember me

    I am that one voice in the cold wind, that whispers
    And if you listen, you'll hear me call across the sky

    As long as I still can reach out, and touch you
    Then I will never die

    Remember, I'll never leave you
    If you will only
    Remember me

    Remember me...

    Remember, I will still be here
    As long as you hold me
    In your memory

    Remember, when your dreams have ended
    Time can be transcended
    I live forever
    Remember me

    Remember me
    Remember... me...
    Last edited by DonSchap; 09-22-2009 at 04:49 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    Kinda make you want to be shrunken down so you could live there.
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  10. #10
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    Well, furniture costs are small. And the lawn kind of stays permanently the same height.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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