Resident Frank Trombley displays model log cabin he built at Burnbrae Gardens

Burnbrae Gardens resident Frank Trombley is pictured here with his latest creation, a model log cabin that took him two years to build. The model is on display at the Campbellford long-term care home.

The project, which took two years to build, is being shown for all residents and staff to enjoy

CAMPBELLFORD, Ont. – Frank Trombley’s most recent completed project, a model log cabin, sits on display inside Burnbrae Gardens for all to see. The model, with all its realistic features and attention to detail, took Frank two years to complete.

For several years, The OMNIway has featured stories about Frank and his projects, which occupy a lot of his time.

When he moved into Burnbrae Gardens, Frank brought an assortment of tools with him, and one corner of his room includes a desk for him to work at as well as his supplies and tools.

And this is where he spends a lot of his time.

Like with Frank’s other projects, which have included a wide array of model planes, dioramas and houses, most of the materials used to make the log cabin were brought in by his family and friends.

Frank used his ingenuity as well. The cabin’s logs were made from a clothes-drying rack he disassembled. The chimney is made from copper tubing. Stones his son brought in were used to build the fireplace.

The roof, which has shingles made from wooden shims that Frank cut and marked to give them a realistic look, can be removed to reveal the upstairs bedroom Frank made.

Soon, the log cabin will be given to Frank’s grandson to enjoy.

While Frank, 88, clearly has a strong creative streak, he humbly insists that projects like his log cabin aren’t difficult to complete.

“It just takes time, that’s all,” he says with a chuckle. “You work on (these projects) here and there, and then all of a sudden it’s done.”

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