Flander's Lane, Washington Maine

Flander's Lane is named after my grandfather, Roland Flanders. It is a short dirt road with a few camps set on Washington Pond. There are tales that Flander's Lane is haunted. At least that's what my grandfather says.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Maine Futon

Dad builds a  Futon FrameIn California it's easy to find a Japanese Futon shop on any block in any town. They start at $99 bucks frame and mattress. Here in Maine Futon means $500, with a giant head board. All I want is a basic slat frame with cotton futon mattress, but no matter where I go, or who I call, it's just not here.

Once again my Dad comes to the rescue with his amazing wood working skills. We got a $99 dollar futon mattress at Marden's (that place has got the deals - it's the nicest futon mattress I've ever owned). And then the next day he has me draw out what I want, and he whips it together like it's nothing. The frame is indestructible and the coolest thing is that the legs end with perfect pyramids that create a mysterious shadow that makes the bed look like it's floating.

When we put the frame in on the new barn board floor, it was absolutely flat, not a wiggle. I now imagine shipping this frame to every home I ever live in for the rest of my life. It's a family heirloom made of spruce and cedar. We all agree that it's the most comfortable bed we have ever had the pleasure to sleep in. Thanks Dad, from us all.

Maine Futon


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