Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Most Alaskan Christmas Gift Ever

Alaskans are, on the whole, a most inventive bunch of folks. Using materials at hand, they can quite often fix what needs fixing, or create something completely new. And in so doing, function tops form every time. It does not matter what something looks like as long as it does what it needs to do.

For years there was a house in Bethel that was apparently too drafty; the T-111 siding was cracked. Rather than replace it, remodel, or rebuild, the owner took spray-on foam insulation and covered the outside of the house with a six-inch layer of it. The house looked like it had been coated with orange icing. It wasn’t pretty, but apparently it worked fine; a family lived there for years.

Gift giving at Christmas often inspires people to come up with strange and unusual ideas. This year one of Dutch’s acquaintances presented him with the unique item pictured above. He made it himself and was quite proud of it.

“Hope you like it,” he said as he put it in the back of Dutch’s truck. “It ought to last until April or May.”

Dutch brought it home and placed it next to the front door.

“What do you think?” he asked me.

“Well,” I said carefully, “I’ve certainly never seen anything quite like it.”

He just smiled.

“Does it do something?”

“It has a function,” he answered.

“Looks like a big ice cup to me. Do we pour it full of gin and call it a giant martini?”

Not even close. It is a candle holder. Made of ice.

So Alaska.



Blogger The MSILF said...

Amazing. I'm linking.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007 11:10:00 PM  
Blogger The MSILF said...

Wait, but now I have to ask, what does it burn?

Wednesday, December 26, 2007 11:43:00 PM  
Blogger #1 Dinosaur said...

So very Alaska indeed. Yet how marvelously yin and yang: fire in ice.

(wv = "wbhzxnsm": the spasm of almost physical joy upon finding that TMD has a new post.)

Thursday, December 27, 2007 2:37:00 AM  
Blogger The Tundra PA said...

MSILF: burns...candles.

Dino--yeah, I've been a little sparse for a while now. It helps knowing a few determined people out there like yourself are checking on me and tapping their collective foot.

Thursday, December 27, 2007 7:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank for your postings. I get your blog through Google's "reader". I look forward to seeing that you have posted something new. Consider this not a "foot tap", but encouragement for more. :-)

Thursday, December 27, 2007 8:58:00 AM  
Blogger #1 Dinosaur said...

Please don't fret. Your posts are well worth waiting for; no foot-tapping here. I just had to come up with a way to use "wbhzxnsm" in a cool sentence.

Thursday, December 27, 2007 11:39:00 AM  
Blogger Maggie Rosethorn said...

That is SO cool. I always love luminarias, and a row of ice ones would be absolutely awesome. Unfortunately, around here, they'd melt..(pout).

Thursday, December 27, 2007 12:08:00 PM  
Anonymous kuskomama said...

very cool, tundra PA!!! :-D

I'm trying to figure out how he did that, I'd love one... I figure a 5 gallon bucket must be involved somehow.

And I also check regularly to see if there's any new posts.

Friday, December 28, 2007 7:17:00 PM  
Blogger Runaway Rubber Duckie said...

I think it's cool..

Sunday, December 30, 2007 6:14:00 PM  
Blogger SeaSpray said...

What a thoughtful present - the best kind. :)

I love Alaska!

Belated Merry Christmas and happy New Year! :)

Monday, December 31, 2007 11:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's even cooler looking is that you can add food coloring to the water and get tinted candles. Very pretty.

Friday, January 18, 2008 10:30:00 AM  

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