Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon - Page 12

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Original Art:

This is one panel of the Calendar of Mountain Sports, by Douglas Lynch of Portland, Oregon. There are 9 panels in the series, they are mounted in the Barlow Room. The panels were created using linoleum (that's right, the stuff used on floors) which has been engraved with a knife to give it texture, then painted with layers of glaze mixed with small amounts of oil paint for color. Since the material is linoleum, to restore the panels a flooring company was hired for the task!

Another panel from the Calendar of Mountain Sports, by Douglas Lynch. The Calendar of Mountain Sports is found in the Barlow Room on the ground floor of the Lodge, which was originally a coffee shop for skiers. The choice of linoleum as a media was good, as it holds up well to mustard splatters, etc.. With lots of teenage skiers hanging out here back in the 70's, you can bet the room has seen its share of food fights!

This wood-relief carving is titled Covered Wagon, it was created by Melvin Keegan in 1936-37. It is on the landing of the stairway that leads from the ground floor ski entrance up to the 1st floor main door of the lodge. It depicts early travelers on the last leg of the Oregon Trail, which passed near the lodge.

Coyotes, wood inlay, by Aimee Gorham. Located in a alcove/observatory in the main lounge on the 1st floor. The drapes on the right are hand-woven replacements of the originals, the replacements were made by the Friends of Timberline group. Drapes and especially the upholstery must periodically be replaced due to wear. The replacements are hand woven just as the originals were.

Mountain Lions, wood inlay, by Aimee Gorham. Located in a alcove/observatory in the main lounge on the 1st floor.

One of 2 carved statues created for the lodge by Paul Buchner in 1990. Originally planned to be part of the lodge, the statues of a Pioneer Mother and a Indian Mother were not commissioned at the time the lodge was built due to a lack of funding. The statues are based on sketches of the proposed statues made by Florence Thomas as part of the original lodge plans. This statue is the Indian Mother, the other one not pictured is the Pioneer Mother.

This photo is taken in the Main Lounge on the 1st floor, looking back at the front doors. The truncated Timberline Arch is apparent in the doorway. The relief carving of the Mountain Lion is by Florence Thomas, the wood is Alaskan Cedar.

This is an original Ram's Head Corbel that was on the outside of the Lodge. A corbel is the end of a structural beam that projects from the side of the building. They are common on log cabins. At Timberline Lodge the exposed ends of the beams were carved into animal heads. One of the problems with carvings like this on exterior wood is that the carving creates crevices, for example the area behind the horns next to the building wall. These areas trap moisture, allowing fungal rot to develop, especially when adjacent to rock, which also tends to trap moisture. As the wood has rotted over the years it has been necessary to make replacements. This corbel was replaced with a replica and the original was saved and moved inside for display.

"Dishwashers" on the left. "Musicians" on the right. Painted by Darrel Austin for the Lodge. They are on the Mezzanine, 3rd floor , Timberline Lodge. Dishwashers is a favorite of mine, you could write a whole story based on the expressions on those faces!

"Metal", painted by Howard Sewall for the Lodge in 1937. It is a stylized depiction of metal work for fixtures at the Lodge. Located on the Mezzanine, 3rd floor, Timberline Lodge.

"Wood", painting by Howard Sewall for the Lodge in 1937. It is a stylized depiction of wood work at the Lodge. Located on the Mezzanine, 3rd floor, Timberline Lodge.

"The Team" by Clayton S. Price, 1937. Located on the Mezzanine, 3rd floor, Timberline Lodge.

A decorative coat hook. On ground floor. I'm uncertain if it is old or new, but I like it. Not everything at Timberline is old. New pieces are added when appropriate. But all are hand-made, and all are related to the Pacific Northwest in some way.

These are drapes in one of the guest rooms. The recreations are hand-made, like the originals. Originally there were over 20 separate decorative themes used in the rooms. Each theme was different in both color and design, only 2-3 rooms in the Lodge shared a similar theme. Now for ease of housekeeping most of the rooms have a similar decorator theme. However each of the fireplace rooms still has a unique theme.

This is one of 3 designs ("petroglyph") chiseled into the stones on the chimney in the center of the Head House. This is the easiest of the 3 to spot, the challenge is to find all 3. They are easiest to see from the Mezzanine. This one is called the Four Directions, also called "Working Hands". Chiseled onto the chimney of Timberline Lodge, in Oregon.

This "petroglyph" is called Humming Bird. Chiseled onto the chimney of Timberline Lodge, in Oregon.

This "petroglyph" is called "Return of the Spirit" or "Thunderbird-and-Spirit-Man". Chiseled onto the chimney of Timberline Lodge, in Oregon.

Hand-Made Furniture:

Looms like this one are used to hand make the fabric used on furniture throughout the lodge, they are also used to make the drapes. You will see the same green fabric that is on the loom on a chair in the next photo.

Desk and chair in a guest room. I'm not sure if this piece is original, but it does appear hand made and judging by the wear it is not very new. The fabric on the chair is definitely hand-woven for the Lodge.

These original rawhide seat chairs were used for skiers to sit in when they came in wet from the slopes and wanted to dry out around the fireplace. They are located on the ground floor in the former ski lounge. The rawhide straps on the chairs are replacements.

This is a boot scraper made by the iron workers for the Lodge. Notice the ram's horn spirals as well as the clover leaves in the base.

One of the writing desks with a classic telephone on it. Yes, the phone works (notice the cord is plugged in.)

More original over-stuffed reading chairs in the Main Lounge.

Several original couches and lounge chairs in the Ram's Head Lounge. These sofas combined the talents of the iron workers, wood workers, and textile workers in a single piece. See the Timberline Arch in the table legs?

This is one of a couple of different wood chair designs. These simple chairs are found in the Ram's Head Lounge and the Blue Ox Bar. This one is made using spliced and laminated wood, so it probably is a later replacement chair rather than an original.

This is the same style of chair found in the cascade Dining Room (this chair was in the Ram's Head Lounge.) While unpadded and solid wood they are actually pretty comfortable to sit in, the sign of a good design! Notice the seat is a single slab of wood. Also notice the Timberline Arch in the seat back. In the chair to the left notice the bend of the rear-leg/seat-back piece. If you look at the wood grain you can see that the wood was not warped to this shape, but was cut from a larger block. It appears the rear leg/seat back was made by laminating a 4x4 to a 2x4, then trimming it down to give it the "S" shape, probably using a band saw.

Mailbox in the hall near the front desk. I'm not sure if it is old, new, or in between. But nice carving work by someone. My guess is that a rough image of the rider and horses was cut into sheet metal and placed on the wood. Then the wood was sandblasted to expose the grain and leave a relief of the image standing out from the wood. Finally the image was carved and sanded to add details.

That's all!