As you last remember, Bunkhouse Jim had just screened the porch.  Its ornament, combining both Queen Anne and Italianate elements, stopped at the corners of the facade.  Jim wanted to continue that motif into a cornice on each gable end.  The following images will show that process on the South gable.

However, once the cornice was done (and lookin’ good!), he took it a step further.  A step way too far, in my opinion (not that I am trying to instill a bias or anything remotely similar in anyone… </sarc>).

I once believed that when it comes to fanciful fretwork, that too much is not enough!  I think Jim has proven me wrong.  In order to help resolve a quandary, I will pose a question to you at the end of this post.  Don’t worry about being tactful or hurting feelings.  We’re both waffling on it, and would like some external viewpoints!  Jim is open to the idea of deleting the last change, and I am open to keeping it.  What will you think?

When formulating an opinion, it will be helpful to keep in mind that the bunkhouse is not a restoration; it is a fantasy interpretation of late 19th-century design.  It is not meant to be a purist re-creation of a plausible historic design, but it shouldn’t look cartoonish, either.  It can be a fine line sometimes between character and caricature!



The frieze board stopped at the corner when the porch was completed. The exterior of the bunkhouse is being treated one side at a time.


A new frieze board is installed; the bottom corner is squared to allow for future installation of corner boards over the existing metal corners.


Halfway there. Light-colored marks indicate bracket placement.


Jim has been busy repairing and painting more old brackets from his collection.


He has taken the sawtooth design from the porch and raked it to match the angle of the roof. These pieces were made from salvaged wood siding.


Here Jim tediously paints the edges of the sawtooth profile a gloss black.


Various elements painted and installed! Yes, he used Phillips head screws in many locations, but they will be painted out and are not visible from the ground. Just another quirk to frustrate any potential future architectural historians!


Jim installs blocking under the eave to hold the next piece of soffit board. His scaffolding is every bit as questionable as it looks.


Soffit and frieze board complete! A new fascia covers the original one.


I’m thinking this looks pretty darn good. After finishing that last stretch at the far right he should call it quits and relax or something. But nooooooo…


Remember this? It was more than a year ago when we salvaged some gable ornaments from a farm house which was about to be demolished. Jim took them home, repaired them and painted them. Yup… you guessed it…


The first piece installed.


Finishing up…




So, loyal blog readers, what do you think… Is the Queen Anne gable ornament just a bit too over the top or do you think it adds an acceptable amount of whimsy to the bunkhouse? Please offer any perspectives you may have!



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