So this post is probably a bit more personal than my others since it is something about my own personal life. I just cant help but write a quick post about it. So we have decided that we are going to install an outdoor stage in my backyard.
We have the perfect spot and we think it will make our yard a great party place. We plan on making it about 20 feet by 20 feet and we are also going to install a canopy over top of the stage that way if it rains, the instruments will all be fairly safe.
What brought this all on was a trip to an old theatre in Detroit last week. The theatre is slated for demolition so they are selling off everything in the building. We went in and we were immediately struck by the power of the stage. It showed so much character and wear. I just imagine what that stage has seen throughout the years. The stage floor was made of wide wood oak planks that had been painted black and you could see the bare wood in different areas from where it had been scratched and dinged. I don’t know why but we absolutely loved it. We ended up asking if the wood floor was for sale and the owner said he couldn’t see why not and that was that. We came back the following day with some rip bars and other tools and we carefully tore up the floor.
As of right now, there is a large pile of hardwood flooring planks that are pushed up into the corner of my garage. We got most of the planks out without too much damage but there are still a ton of cleats left in boards which is gonna be a big project to pull out. That being said, I am very much convinced that all of the work will be well worth the payoff. Such a cool thing to grab a piece of history and reuse it for something new. I feel like I am a part of the many artists that have played the stage before me. I also feel pretty good about the fact that I kept this wood out of the landfill because that is where it would have went.
One of my buddies asked if I planned on refinishing the wood and I was appalled. I gave him a lecture about keeping the integrity of the stage in tact. Ha ha. I really can not wait to get this project finished. I will have to take some photos and update the blog with the progress I make. I really can’t imagine that my neighbors are gonna be all that happy with it but hopefully I can smooze them a bit and invite them to any parties or shows that we have.
Until next time….