After living in a mother-daughter household for almost a decade, it’s still taking some time for me to get used to all the guy talk around here. Moving in with Thunderpants — a man who loves his tools — this past spring was a big change. Now that I’m face-to-face with contractors and carpenters every week, there’s a constant stream of testosterone around here.
Like yesterday, when our lead carpenter asked Thunderpants how things were going with finding a pole for our living room. A pole? For structural reasons, we’ve got to add a sturdy beam inside our home to support our second floor addition. The height was not something that was up for discussion: it needs to be nine feet tall, from floor to ceiling.
Fortunately, my man seemed very pleased by this measurement. The shape and dimensions of this post, however, are open to discussion. We both agreed it would look beautiful if was exposed.
A naked post in the center of our living room? It’s going to be a real piece of art. At first, there was some joking about my husband carving a personalized tiki pole, like this:
From the moment that this pole idea first came up, it was clear that he had very strong opinions about what it should look like. Everyone on our building team agreed that it should fit into the current “experiment modern” style of our home. Still, we could get creative.
Yesterday, during our contractor meeting, one guy jumped in with this idea:
“You can carve it so it bends–”
“Curving it sounds like a great idea” another guy added.
Up until now, I’d been quiet, in the background. But I wanted to be part of this pole-talk, too: “I hope we can use salvaged wood to make the pole, instead of cutting down a tree–”
The guys nodded in my direction — but then they returned to discussing its texture, shape, and color. “It should be solid and sturdy… Darker wood would be ideal.”
More realistically, the pole will look closer to this image, below — yet, with a slight bend
Welcome to my world.
Tiki photo courtesy of Backyardxscapes
Wooden pole courtesy of Design Berry Fields
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