Haircuts & Dentistry, all to be found at the local Barber Shop. A good place to spend the
afternoon, sitting with the local layabouts as they watch the world go by...
This project was an experiment to see if I could make
anything half-decent out of popsicle sticks. I never thought them useful, yet they are cheap and readily available.
I first sat down and scribed a line down the centre of a
bunch of sticks, making each into (effectively) 2 half-width
sticks. I glued a bunch edge-to-edge, and squared the ends.
This made my floor.
The front & rear walls were the same width as the floor: The
side walls were wide enough to fit between the front & rear
and still leave sufficient for a walkway at the front.
I marked the heights of the front & rear walls on the side walls, and drew a line to determine the angle. I then trimmed each, and glued the whole together.
I added an opening door, a bench, and
barber pole. The pole is painted white. I wrapped a spiral of red-painted paper around it because it was easier than painting it.
The patched tar paper roof is made of card, covered with paper, painted & weathered.
All in all, an afternoon's work, especially
satisfying because it showed a use for popsicle sticks as a really, really cheap building material.
They are sturdy and durable, you can easily buy enough material for an entire Western Town for less than two dollars.