GRAND CHAMPION - A Gunroom for the Outdoorsman
From the detailed hunting mural carved into the fireplace mantel to the floor-to-ceiling wall boards, almost all the wood used to create this 400 square foot gunroom was cut on a LT40 sawmill.
Hank Carroll was approached by a friend to create this beautiful gunroom project, using all antique southern heart pine…one of the most popular and attractive hardwoods used in interior projects. Hank says, “The owner would stop in and comment on the wood and how it was coming together several times during the process to tell us how he liked it.” Hank had a crew of workers operating the LT40 sawmill to help build the winning gunroom. His sawmill made it, “Nice to be able to cut any size we needed” says Hank. “There were a lot of different parts that had to be made, sized and put together. The crown molding was cut from one beam for the best grain match with no scarfing needed.” The ceiling was tongue and grooved boards, and the columns were single ceiling-to-floor boards. In addition, exquisite 18 foot long boards make up the floor.
One of the most stunning highlights in the room is the eye-catching fireplace mantle. Made from a wide piece of pine, the hand carved hunting scene design makes it the most attention-grabbing feature in the room. Savings thousands of dollars and working eight months to complete this project, Hank comments, “Sometimes when I work on something so long, it is hard to see the end result.” But after all was said and done and the finish coatings were complete, Hank says, “It was a great feeling of accomplishment.”
With Hank’s passion and creativity of “building things,” he submitted another inspiring interior project in the contest. The owner of that project gave Hank the opportunity to design all his floors, interior beams, and one-of-a-kind staircase and baluster. The beauty of the antique salvaged wood and fine craftsmanship that Hank put into both projects will make memories that will last a lifetime.